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Sensitivity to noise

Loud noises or high-pitch sounds might also exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms. According to Benjamin Natelson MD, a professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a person’s reaction to certain sounds could also be the brain’s way of processing this stimuli. In a study published Pain Research and Treatment, results showed that alterations in brain chemistry in participants with fibromyalgia that coincided with outside stimuli. The images taken of brain activity exhibited altered responses to sound.

And one important aspect to remember is that the noise doesn’t necessarily have to be loud. Unfortunately, whatever the noise is that creates the heightened response, it can also trigger headache, irritability, or nausea.