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Fibromyalgia patient blames traumatic operation on disease

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Julie Sorrell-Wilde describes her past personality as hyperactive, but fibromyalgia has changed her in many ways. She believes there may be a connection between a traumatic operation she suffered 15 years ago and the development of the disease. Sorrell-Wilde started to notice problems a few months after the operation and struggled to get answers from doctors.


Julie Sorrell-Wilde’s life changed dramatically after an operation. Your Thurrock reports she suffered from fatigue, chronic pain, muscle spasms and other symptoms typically associated with fibromyalgia. She struggled to get answers and spent a year in pain before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. However, she found little support from her doctors, but a local support group has helped her tremendously.

Several studies have examined the connection between trauma and fibromyalgia. A study from researchers in Canada found that 23 percent of the patients suffered from trauma, illness or surgery before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Scientists referred to this as reactive fibromyalgia, and it continues to be one of the suggestions for the cause of the disease. A different study, conducted two years later, found that 60.7 percent of the participants noticed symptoms of fibromyalgia appearing after a car accident. Work injuries, sports injuries and surgery were also common traumatic events.

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According to the Medical Wellness Association: “Many people report that their symptoms developed after a triggering event such as an accident or injury, viral infection, surgery, emotional or physical stress, or even exposure to certain drugs or chemicals. Fibromyalgia that has a quick onset after a car accident or physical injury is referred to as post-traumatic fibromyalgia. A large portion of the medical community accepts the current evidence that indicates that 35-65% of people develop fibromyalgia symptoms after experiencing a physical trauma.”

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known. Suggestions for the cause range from genetic predisposition to altered neurotransmitter levels, but post-traumatic fibromyalgia and reactive fibromyalgia are also common ideas. In addition, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is linked to the condition.

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