Fibromyalgia Causes

Written by Edward J. Kowlowitz, MD

Fibromyalgia is a frustrating condition. Not only can it be incredibly painful, but we, unfortunately, know relatively little about it. Doctors have yet to determine fibromyalgia's exact cause, which makes treating it a sizable challenge.

Women are also 10 times more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than men. A fact that, unsurprisingly, has no known explanation.

There is evidence on what might cause fibromyalgia, but the results are varied. Findings include:

Like many disorders, it's quite possible that fibromyalgia does not simply have one cause; rather, many factors may impact your likelihood of developing the condition. The research may yield separate conclusions, but it is giving the medical community a better understanding of fibromyalgia. In turn, it will help create effective treatments.

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