What are the Risk Factors of Fibromyalgia?
Unfortunately, the cause of FM is still unknown. There is speculation about genetic factors and environmental factors coming into play. This means that if a person has a family history of FM, he or she is at an increased risk of being affected as well. When it comes to environmental factors, experts suggest that exposure to traumatic events could be a trigger for FM, such as a car crash. Exposure to repetitive injuries may also be a risk factor. Infections might also trigger FM. There is a hypothesis about a "central sensitization syndrome,” a process in the brain or spinal cord that leads to lower threshold for pain.