Is There A Cause To Fibromyalgia?
There are many ideas and rumors that surface about the factors and causes that may lead to a diagnosis of the condition of Fibromyalgia. To clarify at this time there is not any one cause that leads to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgai and even more disturbing is that there is no cure for the condition of Fibromyalgai at this time. However, there does tend to be some general thoughts within the medical community as to the categories and possible causes of Fibromyalgai, though much more study and research must be done in order to identify these more accurately. However for the sake of information, below are some of the ideas about how the categories of Fibromyalgia are separated as well as some of the suspected causes of Fibromyalgia as currently understood by most physicians and scientists.
The condition of Fibromyalgia, as much as it has been researched and studied so far, has been broken down into two separate categories. Either being primary or secondary Fibromyalgai which will be explained in more detail below:
Primary Fibromyalgai – is the most common diagnosis of Fibromyalgai and is commonly referred to as “Idiopathic” Fibromyalgai because there is no known cause for the condition to exist. There are some suspects as to what may cause primary or idiopathic Fibromyalgai such as muscle abnormalities, chronic sleep disturbances, abnormalities in chemicals or hormones in the brain, as well as psychological or social effects.
- Muscle Abnormalities – some research has shown that individuals with Fibromyalgai have three separate kinds of muscle abnormalities. Those abnormalities include biochemical, function, as well as structural and blood flow deviations. The biochemical abnormalities seem to take place when there is not enough calcium in the muscles, and with low levels of calcium muscle stay contracted (thus causing pain) rather than relaxed. The functional abnormalities are speculated because the stress and pain of the condition of Fibromyalgai is thought to damage or harm muscle function. Lastly the structural and blood flow abnormalities seem to occur because most Fibromyalgai sufferers seem to have especially thick capillaries, this could mean that muscles do not receive enough oxygen-rich blood or another compounds which are needed for proper muscle function.
- Chronic Sleep Disturbances – it is fairly well known that the condition of Fibromyalgai and sleep disturbances go hand in hand. In fact, some experts believe that the sleep disturbances may occur first and be a possible cause of Fibromyalgai. Individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgai appear to suffer from faster rates of CAP (cyclic alternating sleep pattern) which leads to a non-restful and non-refreshing sleep. Another issue that can aggravate the chronic sleep disturbances is the pain that many Fibromyalgia patients experience. High levels of pain can negatively affect levels of quality sleep as well.
- Hormone or Chemical Abnormalities of the Brain – research has shown that Fibromyalgai sufferers often have abnormal levels of hormones and chemicals but it is unclear whether these abnormal levels are causes of Fibromyalgai or the effect of pain and stress on the nervous system that Fibromyalgia creates. The common abnormaltieis seem to fall on levels of Serotonin, Melatonin, Stress hormones, IFG-1 Grown Hormone, as well as Substance P. Another problem that most Fibromyalgai sufferers deal with is an abnormal pain perception, which again brings into question whether the Fibromyalgai causes this abnormal pain perception, or the abnormal perception is the brains way of dealing with the symptom overload it is experiencing as a result of the Fibromyalgia.
- Psychological or Social Effects – many individuals who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgai have also experienced severe emotional or physical traumas. This research suggests that those with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or chronic stress could be much more likely to develop the condition of Fibromyalgia than those who have not experienced any extreme psychological or social stressors.
Secondary Fibromyalgai – is a diagnosis that occurs when a diagnosis of Fibromyalgai is associated with another condition. The presence of secondary Fibromyalgia often occurs either in conjunction with or after other medical problems exists such as a physical injury, Hepatitis C, Lyme disease, Endometriosis, toxin exposure, or alcohol poisoning. It can be extremely difficult for physicians to treat secondary Fibromyalgai because the cause of the symptoms can be confused between both the Fibromyalgai and the underlying condition.