Not until very long ago, most doctors would shrug and prescript some analgesics when someone came to them showing symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Even worse, sometimes they considered it to be the same thing as depression (or at least a form of it) and they prescribed treatment only for that particular set of symptoms.
Nowadays though, more and more specialists agree on one fact: Fibromyalgia is a stand-alone syndrome, although its symptoms can vary from one person to another and sometimes they can even overlap with those of other syndromes, disorders and diseases.
As for the causes of Fibromyalgia, there is no general consensus and the opinions are spread among the professionals.
Still, Fibromyalgia can have unusual causes that your doctor may not be aware of. Here are 15 of the most uncommon causes and risk factors for Fibromyalgia which are quite unknown to doctors, not necessarily because they are poorly trained in this direction, but because these causes can stay well hidden unless they are discovered in time.
1- A traumatic event
Fibromyalgia is quite often comorbid with depression and anxiety and these two disorders can appear after a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one. Although depression may not be a cause proper for the development of Fibromyalgia, it can be a risk factor.
This may seem obvious, but unhealthy food can actually influence the development of Fibromyalgia. Not providing your body with the necessary nutrients can always be a risk factor and it can “help” with the development of a lot of diseases, disorders and syndromes, among which Fibromyalgia is sometimes included.
3- Thyroid-related dysfunctions
The thyroid gland is very important in the human body because it regulates the metabolism. Furthermore, it can affect the weight gain (or the weight loss) of a patient, it can affect his/her sleep, his/her level of energy, and many other things. Checking for signs of trouble in this area may be helpful in patients with Fibromyalgia, since sometimes, adequate treatment for a thyroid disorder can help alleviate the Fibromyalgia symptoms as well.
This is, again, not an actual cause for Fibromyalgia, but a major risk factor. Studies have shown that patients who are smokers tend to develop Fibromyalgia more than those who are not.