PTSD as a trigger for Fibromyalgia

I have heard so much talk of this in various discussions on the board, that I think it deserves it's own discussion post. We would surely have to include childhood trauma. My heart goes out to all of you!

I definitely agree with you that PTSD can cause fibro to flare up. I personally believe that we are born with genes that mean we are predisposed to fibro should a trigger present itself. Kind of like having a matchstick... it is harmless unless something happens to light it. You know about my childhood; well some of it and I will go on to say that there are a lot of people out there who I believe have caused someone somewhere to have a flare up of fibro and it is disgusting that they treat anyone in such a way to leave them with health affects years down the line xx

Yes, I do believe in the predisposition, and how something can trigger it!

Yes, even if we try to avoid stressors, it is difficult not to be exposed to them even now, family would top the charts with most of us, then there are the clerks in stores, receptionists at the Dr office are a big one, most went to the US Dept of Motor Vehicles Charm School! Gotta live here to get that one I guess. But the list is endless!

All who know me, know how I love children and would like to round up the harmers and personally give them all some private instruction! I put my arms around all that have been treated unfairly and unkindly at any stage of their life!

Love and hugs,


i think it's beyond odd and coincidental that so many fibro people have had traumatic childhoods. Does childhood trauma make us vulnerable to fibro? You think that all of that unspoken, suppressed stress must go somewhere in our bodies. Darned shame if we have to pay twice for having endured trauma as kids.

This short article talks about how stress will actually change your genes, and causes you to get sick.

This is interesting....

"Epigenetics is the study of molecular mechanisms by which the environment controls gene activity. It is a new scientific field and it shows that DNA blueprints passed down through genes are not set in stone at birth. Each of us inherits our own unique variation of the genetic code. We can’t change the hardwiring of our genetic code, but epigenetic factors such as lifestyle and diet can radically change what our genes do."

Here is the link to the complete article

Allergic, as always, your contributions are huge, this is great info! Thank you!

Epigenics, hurray, finally!

BTW, I posted this link on the Lupus site, giving you credit for the find, of course!

Oh, thanks SK! I thought the last part was especially interesting where he says that the changes that are made to your genes will also be passed down to your children and grandchildren. So,at the time of conception, parent's genetic condition is of huge importance. Kind of sets the pace for the kid.

I just remembered that my present doctor asked me something unusual. He wanted to know what condition was my mother when she was carrying me during her pregnancy(physical and mental). Now it makes sense why he asked that. Hmm.