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Can a Vehicle Accident Cause Fibromyalgia?

May 3, 2021 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share

Car accident injuries, such as bone fractures, can immediately be noticeable. However, some injuries take longer to show symptoms and develop. Fibromyalgia is one of these conditions that can cause severe physical and mental health complications over time. The physical trauma and/or psychological stress of an accident can trigger fibromyalgia.

Can a Vehicle Accident Cause Fibromyalgia?A National Institutes of Health (NIH) report, “A challenging case of Fibromyalgia and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” studied the case of a 38-year-old social worker who reported widespread joint pains after being involved in a traffic accident in 2013 when her stationary car was rear-ended. Prior to the accident, she was in good health. She was later diagnosed with fibromyalgia caused by the 2013 and aggravated by a subsequent vehicle accident.

New York University (NYU) Langone Health says that fibromyalgia is a syndrome, i.e. a set of symptoms that occur together and indicate a specific condition. One theory is that people with the condition have reduced levels of a neurotransmitter, or brain chemical, called serotonin. This decrease in serotonin is thought to increase sensitivity to pain.

Fibromyalgia sufferers can have frequent migraines, depression, or interstitial cystitis, an inflammatory condition of the bladder that causes discomfort and frequency of urination. Chronic intense aching can occur anywhere in the body and often in the neck and back. Victims may also feel chronically fatigued because pain interferes with sleep. NYU Langone Health reports that people who have fibromyalgia are more likely than the general public to have symptoms of other chronic conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, that can cause abdominal pain, cramps, constipation, or diarrhea.

NYU Langone treats adult fibromyalgia victims with medication and physical therapy to assist in controlling the body’s response to pain. A doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes to reduce fatigue and stress.

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