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What causes it and where does it come from

Hi all I am new to the forum and I was diagnosed over 3 years ago. I know that nobody will probably be able to answer but I would just like to see if anyone can help. Here goes I had an overactive thyroid for 3 years after having my first child, I then went through a marriage break up some years after, my thyroid went into remission so that was sorted (I think) after this I then took pernicious anemia were I now require B12 injections every 3 months (I can live with that). I then got remarried to a wonderful man who is my world and would do a thing for me, nearly 4 years ago i was in a car crash but wasn't that bad however I had just passed my test 6 months previously (the crash was not my fault) but after this about 6 months I was diagnosed with this condition and although I do not feel as bad as some of you I cannot now believe I have ended up with this. I have some good weeks periodically but I do not think I have had a day without pain in the past 3 years. The only place I do not have pain is my head! I have it from my toes to my fingertips, my ribs, back, legs etc etc. I am on naproxen, amytriptaline and Co codomal. I do still work but I have to get up 2 hours prior to getting ready for work to straighten my body out in the morn and I don't want to stop working bcos I believe if I did I wouldn't be able to move at all. Sorry for going on but to be honest I don't believe I get much help from by gp and if I thought for a min it was all in my mind then I would defo seek further help but you will all know as I do the all over body pain surely could not be all in your mind. Do you think any of my past may have triggered this off. Thanks

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Hi Ann-Marie70

I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. I have pasted for you below a link to our mother site, FMA UK which hosts loads of useful Fibro information:

Nobody really knows the true cause of Fibro but the NHS have some good ideas on why some people develop it. I have pasted a link and an excerpt from the *NHS Choices cache below:

*Causes of fibromyalgia

It's not clear why some people develop fibromyalgia. The exact cause is unknown, but it's likely that a number of factors are involved.

Here are some of the main factors thought to contribute to the condition:

Abnormal pain messages

Chemical imbalances

Sleep problems


Possible triggers

Fibromyalgia is often triggered by a stressful event, including physical stress or emotional (psychological) stress. Possible triggers for the condition include:

an injury

a viral infection

giving birth

having an operation

the breakdown of a relationship

being in an abusive relationship

the death of a loved one

However, in some cases, fibromyalgia doesn't develop after any obvious trigger.

NHS Choices: Fibromyalgia - Causes

I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

All my hopes and dreams for you



Hi ann-marie70 I'm Sally and I'm only 16years old and have only recently been diagnosed. A few years ago I had a fall when it was bad whether causing me to land with my arms straight and on my bum, a while after that I began getting pain in my shoulders and shoulder blades. We believe that this may have been what now causes the pain throughout my whole body.

It could be possible that you did something like get knocked or have a fall and it could have then been what triggered it all to start.

I'm sorry to hear about everything that happened to you as well.


Hello and welcome to our friendly fibro forum where you can meet like minded members who give support, advice and understanding.

I suggest if you are finding it a real struggle in the mornings that you see your GP. It could be that your meds need tweaking or you could be given something different entirely.

If you get brushed off, then see another doctor in the Practice who may be more able to help you. You could also ask for a referral to a Pain Clinic. Some members have found CBT to be helpful which is another option.

Hope to see you joining in around the forum.


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It's just my opinion but yes. I believe I had an adrenal breakdown after a very stressful year...losing a very close loved one and working on his will whilst trying to lure my special needs son into mainstream secondary school. I had to go on emergency steroids as my cortisol levels had fallen so that's my own opinion for how I ended up with fibro. It was thought the steroids would cure everything...the pain and sheer fatigue but they didn't. Gentle hugs xx


Welcome to our lovely forum you will find a lot of support here and I am sure you will be a great deal of support to others x


I also have an underactive thyroid and several years ago had a car accident. (not my fault) after the accident I just went down hill and have now been told I have FibromyalgiaI. I have also been told that stress as well as the accident could be the cause of this nasty illness.


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