Do the effects of physical trauma cause the onset of Fibromyalgia in some individuals?
Validating Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia is an ongoing debate in the medical community. As with most issues concerning Fibromyalgia, there are differing opinions on what causes the condition, and whether or not it even is an authentic disease. Even the general population questions the legitimacy of Fibromyalgia.
Whole articles have been vehemently written discrediting Fibromyalgia, and those who suffer from it. I went to look up ‘percentage of doctors who do not believe Fibromyalgia is real‘, and page 1 of the Google search listed several nasty articles written by people (mostly male…intersting) who chose to spend their energies on writing extremely offensive diatribes ripping the Fibromyalgia community apart...articles have been vehemently written discrediting Fibromyalgia & those who suffer from it... Click To Tweet
Low and behold, guess whose article (published by The Mighty), “To The Person Who Thinks My Fibromyalgia Isn’t Real”, stood bravely among the ‘stone throwers’ in the list? That’d be your’s truly! The irony is, it was my reading those posts earlier in the year that prompted me to write that ‘open letter to unbelievers’. NOW it’s on PAGE 1 of the Google search right smack in the middle of those ‘Bitter Online-Trolls’!….I love it. ‘Poetic justice’ is a beautiful thing to behold.
Doubters aside, there are thousands of people who unequivocally state that their FMS symptoms began shortly after enduring a physical trauma of some type; car accident, major surgical operation, serious physical injury, ect. Coincidence? Well, unless thousands of people are deluded, lying, or insane…I think not. I had FMS symptoms years prior to my full hysterectomy 3 years ago, but I know for a FACT (uh, because I’M the one living in this body), that my FMS flares have increased in intensity and frequency since that time.
Please remember, I am only addressing the ‘physical trauma’ connection with FMS here. There are many other possible factors that appear to lead to the onset of Fibromyalgia; emotional trauma, PTSD, certain latent viral infections, sexual abuse, war experience, and even a study showing a child’s separation from a mother for a period of over 6 mo. as a possible catalyst to the condition....there are conflicting studies that clearly show a connection of physical trauma to FMS... Click To Tweet
One word: ‘Central Nervous System‘. Look, I’m no scientist. But, is it not obvious that these events all have a severe effect on the CNS and the major nerves involved? Yet, under the same roof of a large research giant, there are conflicting studies that clearly show a connection of physical trauma to FMS, and studies that condescendingly dismiss it as a myth and a ‘scam’.
I think it’s clear to see that ‘validating post-traumatic Fibromyalgia‘ is a battle that will continue to rage on for the forseeable future.
Until that war is won, we continue on, fighting our personal battles with FMS, while encouraging our ‘brothers’ on the field with our support and understanding.
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
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