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What could lead to fibromyalgia?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Unknown.

The cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown.
The current research shows that it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that lead to a central sensitization syndrome. This means there is an abnormal pain signaling process in the brain and spinal cord. Precipitating factors include physical and mental trauma as well as infections, and autoimmune diseases.

In brief: Unknown.

The cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown.
The current research shows that it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that lead to a central sensitization syndrome. This means there is an abnormal pain signaling process in the brain and spinal cord. Precipitating factors include physical and mental trauma as well as infections, and autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Betty Keller
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
The reason for a "spectrum of disorder" for fibromyalgia is that the cause, pelvic girdle instability due to pelvic ligament laxity, manifests differently in individuals & genders.  The body musculoskeletal tower is constantly stressed by gravity & a body tilted above an unstable pelvis incurs widely ranging chronic muscle spasm leading to varying densities of painful trigger points. The delicate female pelvis is more easily injured & women have an higher incidence of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (inherited trait) that contributes to pelvis instability.  Female pelvices are subject to varying intensities of permanent injury related to frequency of childbirth.  In both sexes, severity of symptoms is a function of musculoskeletal deconditioning & upper body mass borne by an unstable pelvis.  On a Pain Board at Quora.com a medical researcher discusses these dynamics, which are the true cause of fibromyalgia. 
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine
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In brief: Fibromyalgia

In my experience treating hundreds of fibromyalgia patients, it is generally the result of many things gone wrong - nutritional issues, gluten reactivity, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, heavy metal toxicity, methylation defects, other genetic SNPs, mitochondrial dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, stress, leaky gut, and sometimes immune dysfunction.

In brief: Fibromyalgia

In my experience treating hundreds of fibromyalgia patients, it is generally the result of many things gone wrong - nutritional issues, gluten reactivity, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, heavy metal toxicity, methylation defects, other genetic SNPs, mitochondrial dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, stress, leaky gut, and sometimes immune dysfunction.
Dr. Liesa Harte
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice

In brief: Femaleness & Injury

What causes fibromyalgia? Female, Joint Hypemobility Syndrome, childbirth, lifting (w.
torsion) injuries, mechanical injuries of falls & MVAs, falling/landing on buttocks (skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing), obesity, exaggerated sedentariness & inactivity, prolonged bed rest from illness. Unifying dynamic: pelvic joint laxity, gravity, tilted body tower, weak/spastic muscles w. trigger points.

In brief: Femaleness & Injury

What causes fibromyalgia? Female, Joint Hypemobility Syndrome, childbirth, lifting (w.
torsion) injuries, mechanical injuries of falls & MVAs, falling/landing on buttocks (skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing), obesity, exaggerated sedentariness & inactivity, prolonged bed rest from illness. Unifying dynamic: pelvic joint laxity, gravity, tilted body tower, weak/spastic muscles w. trigger points.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management

In brief: Chronic pain

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known.
There are several factors involved in the occurrence of fibromyalgia ranging from genetics, muscle contractions, stress, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, trauma, and different medical illness. Consult your pcp or a rheumatologist or a pain physician.

In brief: Chronic pain

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known.
There are several factors involved in the occurrence of fibromyalgia ranging from genetics, muscle contractions, stress, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, trauma, and different medical illness. Consult your pcp or a rheumatologist or a pain physician.
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
The reason for a "spectrum of disorder" for fibromyalgia is that the cause, pelvic girdle instability due to pelvic ligament laxity, manifests differently in individuals & genders.  The body musculoskeletal tower is constantly stressed by gravity & a body tilted above an unstable pelvis incurs widely ranging chronic muscle spasm leading to varying densities of painful trigger points. The delicate female pelvis is more easily injured & women have an higher incidence of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (inherited trait) that contributes to pelvis instability.  Female pelvices are subject to varying intensities of permanent injury related to frequency of childbirth.  In both sexes, severity of symptoms is a function of musculoskeletal deconditioning & upper body mass borne by an unstable pelvis.  On a Pain Board at Quora.com a medical researcher discusses these dynamics, which are the true cause of fibromyalgia. 
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