There’s nothing worse than having to suffer from physical pain that gets further amplified by emotional stress. More specifically, a study done in 2010 reported that repressing negative emotions like anger increases chronic pain for people who suffer from fibromyalgia. If this is the first time you’ve heard the word “fibromyalgia,” keep reading to find out all about it.
What You Need to Know About Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS is a disorder that causes a person to experience musculoskeletal pain throughout their body. It is accompanied by fatigue, mood, and memory issues. You should know that doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia and it can be attributed to a variety of factors including genetics, infections, and physical or emotional trauma.
There is also no cure for fibromyalgia but living a lifestyle with exercise, relaxation, and stress-reduction can certainly help in reducing chronic pain issues. As for symptoms, people with fibromyalgia experience widespread pain and tender points all over their body. Check out this article for an extensive list of 43 symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Study Shows That Repressed Anger Heightens Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
The European Journal of Pain conducted a 28-day study in 2010 involving 333 older women with fibromyalgia (average age is 47). The study aimed to examine whether anger during the everyday life of someone with fibromyalgia amplified pain and whether repressing anger or expressing anger had a link to the level of pain they experienced.