The relationship between fibromyalgia and depression runs deep. Fibromyalgia patients are thought to have low levels of the mood and pain moderating brain chemicals such as Serotonin, Norepinephrine and Dopamine and chronic surges in Cortisol, the stress hormone. These low levels of brain chemicals are triggers for increased sensitivity to chronic pain, and they are also risk factors for depression.
People with fibromyalgia are more apt to experience clinical depression and anxiety than people who do not suffer with the condition. Depression does not cause fibromyalgia. Chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia triggers depression and anxiety and worsens the symptoms.
If you have fibromyalgia and are experiencing depression, see your doctor to discuss your treatment options.
This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.