Certain factors may increase your risk for developing . Being female greatly increases your chance of developing this syndrome. It is possible that having a rheumatic disorder (such as ), an infectious disease (such as or ), a psychiatric condition (such as major ), or a traumatic event (such as a car accident) may increase your chance of developing fibromyalgia. There is some evidence that having a family history of fibromyalgia may increase your risk.
If you already have fibromyalgia, you may be more likely to have recurring symptoms or persistent pain if you are a woman and you have:2
- Frequent episodes of emotional or physical stress.
- Had symptoms for many years.
- Insomnia or a sleep disorder.
- Depression or an .
- Belly pain, headaches, or problems with urination.