7. Early Childhood Trauma
Early emotional trauma, such as abuse suffered in childhood or the loss of a loved one, can trigger the onset of fibromyalgia later in life. Although this is a less common factor, it is worth considering nonetheless.
Living a dysfunctional life as a child may trigger certain behaviors early on that are characterized as constituent symptoms of fibromyalgia.
In a 2003 study published in the European Journal of Pain, people with fibromyalgia reported adverse emotional childhood experiences before the age of 7.
These experiences included sexual and physical abuse, alcoholic or drug-addicted parents, bad relationship with parents, quarrelsome relationship between the parents, lack of love and affection in the household, parents’ separation and a poor financial condition, the study further notes.
8. Repetitive Strain Injury
A repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an injury or pain suffered by the muscles and nerves due to repeatedly and constantly engaging in physical work, exerting one’s self and maintaining stressful positions for prolonged periods.
This condition occurs in the upper part of the body and may be characterized by pain, cramps, stiffness, numbness and a tingling sensation in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands.
People who develop RSI are at an increased risk of developing fibromyalgia.
Out of 34 industrial workers with RSI, 58.8 percent were diagnosed with fibromyalgia, according to a 2001 study published in Joint, Bone, Spine.