Researchers looked at potentially traumatic life events in women with fibromyalgia and compared them to illness severity. They also looked into what the women believed had triggered the illness.
They found no relationship between traumatic life events and measures of health, including physical health, mental health, pain load and overall disability. They found no relationship between the perceived causes of illness and traumatic life events, either in childhood or adulthood.
The only correlation they found was that women who'd had a traumatic event in childhood were more likely to attribute their illness to psychological causes. That doesn't mean the childhood trauma did lead to fibromyalgia; it means that people with past trauma are more likely to believe it does. This research did not examine the validity of these beliefs.
The study raises the question of whether psychological trauma has been given too much weight as a possible causal factor of fibromyalgia.
Do you think too much emphasis has been put on things like childhood trauma? Do you think a traumatic event caused or helped cause your fibromyalgia? Leave your comments below!
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