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What Causes FMS?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is generally an elusive disease. I know from personal experience that not many people seem to understand much about it. I include many medical professionals in that group. Sorry, but I have found it to be true.
So, what exactly causes FMS?
There are several theories on that. First, there seems to be a prevailing belief that a trauma such as a car accident triggers the disease. Other traumatic events that may lead one to develop this disease include sexual or physical abuse and alcoholism.
Secondly, other illnesses or disorders are associated with fibromyalgia, commonly called Secondary Fibromyalgia. This makes it seem as though Fibromyalgia may have its roots in a virus or a bacteria of some sort. Other illnesses that may cause FMS might be: the Flu, Epstein-Barr virus and several other autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases attack the bodyís immune system.
People with FMS tend to have weakened immune systems and may be prone to one or more of these illnesses, specifically, but not limited to: Hypothyroidism, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am also hypothyroid, but I am not sure which occurred first. Itís a chicken-and-egg kind of thing to me, so I canít say for sure. FMS patients have to be tested for other disorders first because a diagnosis of FMS is basically one of exclusion. If the secondary condition goes untreated, the fibromyalgia usually will not improve.
That means, to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a person would have to test negative for other disorders and still have pain in specific areas, called pressure points. Itís usually a long and dragged out process. Therefore, one could have fibromyalgia long before they are hypothyroid, for example, and wait longer a diagnosis.
Another possibility mentions that FMS is caused by a parasite. The body has parasites in its body naturally. However, there are good parasites and bad ones. When the body makes too much of a good parasite or has a bad parasite, the immune system attacks. If a chronic parasitic flare-up like Candida Albicansóyeast overgrowthóoccurs, then, a person could be weakened enough to become susceptible to developing Fibromyalgia.
Finally, genes may play a role in a personís propensity for developing Fibromyalgia. Many of its related conditions such as: depression, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis do have a genetic component, so why not Fibromyalgia?
The conditions mentioned above are all compelling, in my opinion. They are also all plausible. For more information, visit the links below and stay tuned for updates to this site as they become available.
National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association
The Fibromyalgia Network
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