Did you know that siblings, children, and parents of someone with fibromyalgia are eight times more likely to get fibromyalgia than those in families that don't exhibit the disorder? It could be the result of a genetic tendency that is passed from mother to daughter. There may also be a hormonal component, which could explain why more women than men are affected.
The genetic tendency can be triggered by a traumatic event, such as:
- a car accident
- an extended hospital stay
- an injury
- giving birth
- a viral infection
A stressful event, such as:
- a divorce
- a death in the family
- being in an abusive relationship
These events and situations will not necessarily result in someone getting fibromyalgia, but if you are predisposed, an event such as these can trigger it.
Although my own symptoms began many years ago, they dramatically increased after the death of my father. Although there is not a specific gene for fibromyalgia, such as the one for cystic fibrosis, multiple genetic components can predispose a person to the disorder, given the right set of circumstances.
According to researchers, fibromyalgia is 50% genetic and 50% environmental. In my immediate family, I have two daughters who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. One daughter was 16 and one was 22, although both showed symptoms for years. I was in my mid-50s when I was diagnosed, but I've ha