Neck Injury and Fibromyalgia Are They Really Associated?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Neck Injury and Fibromyalgia -- Are They Really Associated?

    Tishler M, Levy O, Maslakov I, Bar-Chaim S, Amit-Vazina M.

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether whiplash injury may be a trigger for the onset of fibromyalgia (FM).

    METHODS: One hundred fifty-three (153) patients presenting to the emergency room with the diagnosis of whiplash injury were examined. The control group included 53 patients hospitalized with fractures of the limbs, spine, and ribs due to road accident. The study and control groups were interviewed shortly after presenting and then followed prospectively. Patients complaining of musculoskeletal symptoms during followup were examined and a count of 18 tender points was conducted. FM was diagnosed if the patient fulfilled currently accepted 1990 American College of Rheumatology criteria.

    RESULTS: The mean followup period for the study and control groups was 14.5 months (range 12-18) and 9 months (range 6-14), respectively. There were no differences between the groups with regard to age, sex, marital, education, or employment status. During the followup period only one patient in the study group and no patients in the control group developed signs and symptoms of FM. Three patients in the study group (2%) and 15 patients in the control group (16%) filed insurance claims; none was associated with FM.

    CONCLUSION: Whiplash injury and road accident trauma were not associated with an increased rate of FM after more than 14.5 months of followup.

    PMID: 16652434
  2. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    You'll find that a lot of them said neck.I had a bad fall off a porch backwards and I'm sure I hit my neck.I have a compressed disc in my neck also,Though my first pain wasn't there a person with a neck injury could feel referred pain anyplace.I do think that this is only true of FM
  3. Bruin63

    Bruin63 Member

    I have 5 siblings and we all have FMS.
    I am the only one out of 6 who has had a Neck injury, and also Cervical Surgery on the C7.

    I had the symptoms of FMS, all my life, knowing what I know now.

    There are many Trigger's and I think it can be different for many of us.
    I sure wish, I hadn't of been in those accidents, other people were driving, not me, I think it would have made coping with FMS easier. (easier? yeah right you all know what I mean lol)

    Thanks for the post,
  4. Empower

    Empower New Member

    I was diagnosed with FMS in 1992, but it only became unbearable when I fell and knocked my head through a wall (whiplash effect)

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