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Can stress cause fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Unfortunately, the truthful answer to the question is yet, but in many cases, we will see many women with fibromyalgia and certain other auto-immune disorders actually improve during their pregnancies. For unexplained reasons, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue, and other symptoms can improve during pregnancy. However, there is a risk for a relapse in the post-partum time period.
Answered on May 19, 2015
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Dr. David True
Dr. David True commented
23 years experience in Rheumatology
Fibromyalgia has not been found to be autoimmune in nature. Evidence supports an abnormality in pain processing with abnormal pain signals. It is unclear what causes fibromyalgia to develop. Many people are able to relate onset with stress, illness, surgery, trauma or injury but many are not. There are other causes of pain in pregnancy also such as weight change, pressure on other organs, edema.
Sep 13, 2013
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
I agree with Dr. True. Studies have often failed to document the onset of fibromyalgia to a major stressful event. Evaluations have found major stress prior to FM onset to occur in only 5% of patients, not a statistically significant value.
Sep 24, 2013
Dr. JAYENDRA SHAH
58 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
FIBROMY IS TOO COMMON AND LOT MORE IN WOMEN AFTER 2O YEARS AGE CAUSATIVE FACTORS ARE MANY AS DEFINITIVE REASONS ARE NOT ESTABLISHED MANY THEORIES STRESS -PREGNANCY-FATTY TISSUE TRAUMA ETC NOTED BUT 1000 CAUSES WRITTEN --SAME LIKE HEADACHE
Sep 30, 2013

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