6 Factors That Can Increase Your Chances of Developing Fibromyalgia

Developing Fibromyalgia, Dr. Stephen Jochen, Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness

If you have the chronic disorder fibromyalgia, you’re all too familiar with the muscle pain, joint pain, and fatigue associated with the condition. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unclear, certain people — particularly women — are more vulnerable to developing the condition. Because fibromyalgia isn’t well understood, the symptoms are often misdiagnosed or dismissed.

At Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness, we can help you overcome fibromyalgia pain and restore function. If you have unexplained pain and fatigue, you may have fibromyalgia and would benefit from treatment at our office.

The following six factors raise your chance of developing the condition and can help you determine if your symptoms are due to fibromyalgia pain.

1. Someone in your family has fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia tends to run in families. If you have fibromyalgia, you have lower levels of brain chemicals that inhibit pain signals as well as higher levels of brain chemicals that cause pain signals. This can cause extreme sensitivities to temperature, touch, and light. These abnormalities in the way that a fibromyalgia patient processes pain seem to be genetically passed on.

2. You’re an older woman

Nearly 90% of those with fibromyalgia are women. It’s not completely understood why women are so vulnerable to developing the condition. You’re also more likely to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia as you get older. In general 3-6% of the total population has fibromyalgia, but 8% of 80-year-olds do.

3. You experienced trauma or abuse

If you suffered intense emotional or physical trauma in the past, you’re at greater risk of developing fibromyalgia, especially if it runs in your family. Trauma includes abuse incurred when you were a child or post-traumatic stress disorder following a serious event such as war, rape, or a car crash.

4. You developed a mood disorder

Many mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, are associated with fibromyalgia. Researchers aren’t clear if these mood issues cause fibromyalgia, but they are definitely linked in some way. Many fibromyalgia patients report feeling nervous, worried, depressed, or anxious.

5. You suffer emotional stress

If you experience general emotional stress, such as at a job in which you don’t feel supported, you’re more likely to develop the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia. People with a negative outlook on life are often more likely to develop the condition, too.

6. You lead a sedentary lifestyle

People who aren’t physically active are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are the results of not moving enough. In many cases, increasing your activity levels can help ease the discomfort of fibromyalgia. Activity improves blood flow, which can help ease pain.

If you suffer from symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as a low pain threshold, chronic fatigue, and difficulty concentrating, talk to Dr. Stephen Jochen and his team about natural ways to address your pain levels and improve functioning. You could benefit from therapies including acupuncture, cold laser therapy, chiropractic massage, gentle spinal adjustments, and nutritional guidance.


Call our office or book an appointment on this website to discuss your symptoms and be evaluated for fibromyalgia.

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