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2. Traumatic Events
Physical trauma – especially injuries to the head, neck or spine – has been known to trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. Research shows that adults with neck trauma are more than 10 times as likely to develop fibromyalgia within one year as people who experienced fractures or injuries in their lower extremities. Invasive surgery is another possible trigger, but it’s unclear whether the physical trauma of the procedure is to blame, or if the sleep problems and low activity levels during recovery exacerbate fibro symptoms. Some infections can have lasting neuromuscular effects that may also lead to fibromyalgia, such as Lyme disease, streptococcus virus and HIV.