Joint and muscle pain is a leading cause of disability among many working adults. For many adults, the development of fibromyalgia is quite common and accounts for a significant number of lost days from work and school. Characterized by pain in specific joints and trigger points, fibromyalgia often leads to decreased mobility, fatigue and the development of secondary complications including depression and anxiety.
In fibromyalgia complications, there are those individuals who suffer from non-traumatic fibromyalgia and then there are those who suffer from posttraumatic fibromyalgia. In each of the individual sufferers, the pain and fatigue are comparable however the degree to which the fibromyalgia resolves, over time, is quite varied.
For both traumatic and non-traumatic fibromyalgia, there tends to be a common thread among the demographic of the patient. In patients who experience traumatic fibromyalgia, however, there is a difference in symptoms as the traumatic patient tends to experience fewer complications involving concentration and that of gastrointestinal complications.
Known as the “reactive” patient, individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia in response to a physical injury or trauma often report their recovery is far more effective, especially when treatment measures are put into place soon after the traumatic event occurs. In contrast, for non-traumatic fibromyalgia patients, there tends to be a longer recovery period, most notably associated with the delay in diagnosing the pain and fatigue as that related to fibromyalgia.
In addition, this delay in diagnosis, without a clear and identifying traumatic event, leaves many to question the idiopathic nature of the fibromyalgia. For patients with non-traumatic fibromyalgia, the high suspicion associated with their complication can ultimately lead to complications involving secondary psychological disorder development.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, it is important to understand what the underlying cause and origin of your complication may be. If the complication is directly related to a traumatic event, usually occurring at work, you can rest assured that your fibromyalgia complications will usually resolve with proper medical treatment. However, if your fibromyalgia is related to the non-traumatic, idiopathic diagnosis, the complication may be far more difficult to manage and treat and may lead to an adverse psychological complication for which you should be prepared to manage and treat.
As with any complication involving joint pain and trigger point pain, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. When your pain is believed to be associated with fibromyalgia, seeking the appropriate treatment, based on traumatic versus non-traumatic events, may determine the final outcome and management of your pain and fatigue symptoms.