Fibromyalgia is a relatively common ailment, and it is commonly classified as a central nervous system disorder. This painful ailment has been under study for a long time now, as many are trying harder to figure out what causes it. Fortunately, all those studies have enabled the medical community to get a grasp of this disease and what causes it.
But there are underlying causes of this condition, and there are triggers as well, and both have to be identified. The improved understanding of the condition’s causes has, in turn, made its management easier and more effective. There are a lot of causes of this disease, but we will only be tackling the three major ones right now. These are considered to be the major causes since they are the most obvious and most prevalent causes of the disease that we know about.
Fibromyalgia is often largely brought on by stress. This often acts as a trigger to episodes of the disease in question. In many cases, even childhood stress is blamed for this type of condition happening. It is worth noting, for instance, that people who happen to have other illnesses known to bring about stress (such as depression) tend to have the disease we are focusing on as well. It is also worth noting that people who had remarkably stressful childhoods (for instance, those who suffered remarkable abuse during childhood) tend to report this particular disease more frequently than others.
Hormonal imbalance and changes in the brain’s biochemistry also cause fibromyalgia. Deficiency in the growth hormones is being touted as one of the more pervasive causes. However, some medical experts agree that it is the other way around: growth hormone deficiency is a result of the condition known as fibromyalgia. If we speak of the brain’s biochemistry, serotonin and dopamine are the most usually affected ones. Fibromyalgia takes place if too little serotonin is found in the brain.
We are also looking at a situation where too little dopamine (otherwise known as hypodopaminergia) can cause this disease.
We are also looking at a situation where too little dopamine (otherwise known as hypodopaminergia) can cause this disease. These neurotransmitters could have abnormalities if the person is experiencing a lot of stress. But these abnormalities in the neurotransmitters would beg the question: do they cause the stress, or do they result in stress? We only know for sure that patients with fibromyalgia almost always suffer from these abnormalities in their neurotransmitters. But these patients will also readily find a solution to the abnormalities in their neurotransmitter through the use of certain medications, although not all of them work.
Lack of sleep is also blamed to be another major cause of fibromyalgia. There have been many studies that support this theory correlating sleep and the disease. We have discussed earlier about how stress and neurotransmitter abnormalities cause fibromyalgia. In a way, the principle is the same with poor sleep. However, there are also certain cases where lack of sleep alone can lead to this disease.
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