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Understanding the Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Process

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

Many patients with this diagnosis have seen countless doctors in hopes of an explanation of the perplexing widespread pain, fatigue and sleep issues that they suffer. Along with the symptoms of FM patients can also suffer ancillary conditions such as depression and anxiety severely, further complicating the diagnostic process. Even though people have had FM for many decades and there has been ongoing research during all this time, it seems that the medical community is no closer now that it was in the beginning to understanding this disorder.

But researchers have been slowly building out a picture of a pain disorder that seems to be triggered by any number of traumatic events. Recent research has indicated that there may be a genetic component to FM as the disorder has been seen in family members of patients. The research has also seen an increased interest in the central nervous system as the main mechanism of FM.