The Trauma Theory of Fibromyalgia
This is the theory that fibromyalgia is the result of a physical trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident, or physical or sexual traumas in childhood, or an adult psychological trauma such as those witnessed by soldiers during deployment. It is common knowledge in medical circles that many cases are post-traumatic such as after a motor vehicle accident or a war trauma. The problem with the theory is that it fails to explain the many cases where there was no trauma/accident, or cases that seem to have started out with a period of as poor sleep without pain, but which progressed to chronic widespread muscular pain. The trauma theory is at least partially valid, especially in cases where the patient enjoyed good health prior to an obvious trauma, and then descended into chronic widespread muscular pains, poor sleep and the other symptoms of fibromyalgia.