Causes of Fibromyalgia

The definite cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. However, there are fibromyalgia triggers that can increase the incidence of the disease in certain people. These include:

The current theory related to the possible cause of fibromyalgia is known as “central sensitization”. It believes that some people have a lower threshold of pain than others and this is due to sensitivity of pain signals in the brain. Fibromyalgia affects the brain by changing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. The brain receptors then get more sensitive over time and react strongly to any forms of pain.

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