A 24-year-old member asked:
can whiplash contribute to fibromyalgia pain?
4 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Yes: We do not completely understand fibromyalgia. However we do know that trauma can trigger the onset of fibromyalgia
Pain Management 19 years experience
Poasible: True fibro is a syndrome of overexcitation of the nervous system. Normal stimuli become painful. As such, many fibro patients become extra sensitive to new painful insults.
Dentistry 45 years experience
YES and NO: Fibromyalgia as diagnosed is based upon discovering 18 or more tender spots on the body. A whiplash can contribute or even predispose one to all kinds of trigger points. So whiplash can contribute to fibromyalgia pain, but not necessarily so. Need a complete history and exam to try and pinpoint the source of the pain.
General Practice 53 years experience
Yes: Cervical spine "whiplash" injury ; chronic neck pain oft seen in people with #fibromyalgia (fm). Multiple childbirths ; low back injuries (accidents ; lifting events) causal of chronic low back ; pelvic pain seem more common than neck injuries in people with fibromyalgia. Morgan freeman has come forward with report of delayed onset of fibromyalgia after a motor vehicle accident ; injury.
Last updated Apr 1, 2019
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