Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain
The diagram above presents a typical progression of fibromyalgia and neck pain misdiagnosis and confusion. Not all cases need be this way; find out more about how neck pain can be an early sign of fibromyalgia, or a new symptom years after diagnosis. If your doctor simply dismisses acute neck pain as part of your fibromyalgia then consider getting a second opinion.
Causes of Neck Pain and Fibromyalgia
Any new occurrence of neck pain warrants investigation as the causes of neck pain are diverse. Rather than suffering in silence consider any new stressors, be they at work or at home, and think about your fibromyalgia medications and whether they may have inadvertently triggered neck pain. Also, look at your sleeping position as many fibromyalgia sufferers have fitful sleep and may end up napping on an unsupportive couch during the day, possibly triggering neck pain. Whiplash may also trigger both neck pain and fibromyalgia symptoms but the management of one could adversely affect the other.
As you can see, the connections between fibromyalgia and neck pain are far from straightforward but sometimes neck pain can have a simple cause that is easily remedied, leaving you with one less fibromyalgia symptom to contend with.