Muscle Weakness

After a muscle injury, your first impulse may be to lie down and give your muscles a break. While this may seem helpful, it can actually lead to further pain; it could even cause you to develop the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. Muscles need to be exercised in order to maintain tone and condition.

If allowed to rest for lengthy periods of time, muscles lose their strength and tone, becoming very weak. As a result, when you resume exercise, muscles can spasm, becoming tight and congested.

Oxygen, nutrients, and waste materials can then become trapped in these muscles, increasing the amount of pain that you feel. In this way, muscle injuries are thought to contribute to fibromyalgia symptoms.

Central Nervous System Injury

Central nervous system injury also seems to be linked to fibromyalgia. Your central nervous system, which is made up of your brain and spinal column, can become easily injured by accidents, stress, or infection. Injury to the central nervous system can interfere with the release of neurotransmitters and hormones, as well as blood flow, causing serious pain and other symptoms.

A recent study analyzed the occurrence of fibromyalgia symptoms in people experiencing neck trauma. It was found that people with neck injuries are 13 times more likely to develop fibromyalgia than those without such injuries.

Central nervous system injury can also interfere with your brainwave patterns. Brainwaves are electrical patterns that represent your brain's activities. There are four major types of brainwaves, and each is involved in different processes. Injury can sometimes interfere with your brainwaves, causing sleep disorders, fibrofog, and other fibromyalgia symptoms.

Many Sufferers

Fibromyalgia syndrome has many sufferers of all ages and backgrounds. Fibromyalgia does affect women more than men, especially during the childbearing years. More than 80% of fibromyalgia sufferers are women, however, some men do have the condition.

Pediatric fibromyalgia

What has become alarming is that small children are also affected with a condition called Juvenile or Pediatric Fibromyalgia. While diagnosing FM in children is much more difficult than diagnosing and adult, since the symptoms appear very gradually and children tend to be inconsistent in describing their symptoms - nevertheless, the pain and challenges are not unlike adult symptoms.

Fibro in seniors

On the other end of the spectrum, seniors have the added challenge of FM pain to add to their existing health issues. Since they are probably already dealing with some conditions that appear similar, diagnosing FM in seniors can be a lengthy process.

Table of Contents
1. Injury and Muscle Trauma
2. Neck trauma or muscle injury?
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