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    What causes the pain associated with fibromyalgia?

    My father has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and Iā€™m interested to understand what is actually causing the pain he feels that is associated with this condition. Can someone please explain this to me?
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    Dr Stephen Leow

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    Fibromyalgia is thought to be a disorder of central sensitisation. That is, the systems that regulate pain and sensitivity to pain have gone wrong.

    Quote from the IASP:
    “The debate whether fibromyalgia is a rheumatological, psychiatric, somatoform, or neuroendocrinedisorder, or no distinct clinical entity at all, is ongoing. However, the focus offibromyalgia research has shifted to research on epidemiology, risk factors, and biomarkers,and to controlled trials testing drugs or other interventions in FMS.”

    So the research is focused more on treatment and risk for getting it rather than cause

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