Research continues to be done to determine what puts people at risk for chronic pain. Some studies suggest that several injuries during childhood can later lead to an early onset of chronic pain. Figuring out what causes chronic pain is an ongoing endeavor.
Fibromyalgia was originally thought to be a rheumatological problem, possibly in the arthritis family, because patients primarily complained of painful muscles. Then more recent research seemed to indicate that it was more of a central nervous system problem involving pain amplification. But what if fibromyalgia is actually caused by a…