Although the experts continue to study fibromyalgia so they can nail down definitive causes, they’ve determined that central sensitivity contributes to your pain. Central sensitivity arises when your brain and central nervous system overreact to pain signals, feeling even a slight touch as excruciating pain.
Dr. Ghalili is an expert on another potential cause of fibromyalgia: fluoroquinolone antibiotic toxicity. This group of antibiotics, which includes ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, and moxifloxacin, causes damage to the central nervous system. They’re also associated with disabling side effects involving tendons, muscles, and joints.
Your risk of fibromyalgia is significantly higher if you’re a woman — they’re five times more likely to develop the condition compared with men. You may also have a higher risk if you smoke, you have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, or a close relative is diagnosed with fibromyalgia. If you look at the data for chronic fatigue syndrome, the rates of diagnosis are 5 women to every 1 man, it is no coincidence that the antibiotic Cipro is prescribed in a ratio of 5 women to 1 man due to women suffering from Urinary Tract Infections. If you have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and have consumed these antibiotics, this is the cause until proven otherwise.