Fibromyalgia and Genes

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Are you suffering from chronic pain? Does your fibromyalgia seem to be a constant unwelcome companion in hot or cold climates? Unfortunately, that’s one of the things that you may have inherited from your relatives.

A recent study has proven that chronic pain can be something hereditary. It has been tested and proven that if your first degree relatives have suffered from fibromyalgia, you are eight times more likely to suffer from it as well.

It all lies in your serotonin. Serotonin, as you may well know by now, is a neurotransmitter that is usually found in the intestinal tracts and nervous systems of many creatures, including us humans. It is responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness, and can be activated by exercising, cuddling, and sometimes eating copious amounts of chocolate. Now, if your serotonin system has an abnormality, it makes its anti-pain properties all the more scarcer, and well, pain is all the more worse.

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