Psychological trauma and fibromyalgia

Anyone ever wondered if psychological trauma and stress are strongly linked to fibromyalgia? My family and I have had the most awful news a week ago and my symptoms are a lot worse. My uncle who lives in South Africa was killed by intruders in his home during the night last Thursday. My poor dad has had to get himself off to the funeral over there and is in pieces over this. I am supporting him as much as I can but it's been incredibly hard. I certainly don't want to play the violins here but our family have had more than their fair share of bad times. I did read that psychological trauma is thought to be one of the reasons why fibromyalgia takes hold. What are your views on this?

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  • Hugs. I am so sorry for your loss. How horrible! :-( . No idea why that type of trauma contributes to Fibromyalgia. Mine was triggered by my having Bell's Palsy but I know several folks who have had psychological trauma and have Fibro.



  • So sorry for your loss. I believe trauma, although not the cause, can indeed make matters much more pronounced when you are ill. I hope as a family you can find peace soon. xx

  • Firstly, I am so sorry for your loss and in such traumatic circumstances. I do believe that truma of any kind can trigger changes in the body that I don;t think anyone really understands yet. Without going into any detail the couple of years before I became ill was full of stress within the family, my husband having to give up a job he had done for 38 years because of stress combined with a bad fall and I think this all contributed to my illness. I certainly know that my symptoms flare when I am under stress as we are bound to tense up our muscles that are already tender because of the fibro.

    You are understandably in a state of shock and your body is reacting to this. Try and be gentle with yourself and don't expect too much of your body at the moment. Please let us know how you are

  • The first odd symptoms I started having started after a life changing trauma! I do think it has a big bearing on it.

    I'm really sorry to hear your bad news. Take care xox

  • I am so very sorry to read of your sad news, and I would like to offer to you and your family all of my condolences.

    All my hope and dreams for you


  • Hi Tuscany, sincere sympathy to you and to your family.

    Many chronic illnesses first start after a period of extreme stress/trauma.

    Sometimes the stress is a surgery, a car accident, another type of a trauma and/or severe (often prolonged) stress.

    Stress and/or trauma often also exacerbates any condition.

    Please be kind to yourself, pace yourself, take extra care of yourself. :)

    In Support,


  • Hi Tuscany, that is awful. It is certainly a hardship and a stress for everyone involved. It is not like someone dying where you know it is going to happen. I can't imagine losing someone that way. (though my fiance had a very close to fatal headon when a drunk driver chose to go the wrong way on the highway at 80 miles per hour, so it was very scary even after the fact)

    I have had years of stress and inability to hold a job for long. I am told I have PTSD and I have had injuries which together make the FM so much worse, so yeas, stresses of all natures seem to make, or cause fibro.

    I am genuinely sorry for all you are going through and I can only hope you have faith and find some peace. Your father must be grateful to have your support even if he can't express it through his grief. My prayers and blessings to you.

  • Hi Tuscany

    I was told that my Fibro was brought on by psychological trauma, as I went through a series of them 2 years ago. I don't know if it is the only reason it started, but the consultant seemed to think it was.

    Sending my thoughts to you and your family at this time and I hope your Fibro soon calms down again.



  • Thank you everyone for your kind words and support xxx

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