Doctors don't know exactly what causes CPS. It often starts with an injury or painful condition such as:
Arthritis and other joint problems
Muscle strains and sprains
Repetitive stress injuries, when the same movement over and over puts strain on a body part
Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes muscle pain throughout the body
Acid reflux or ulcers
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Endometriosis, when tissue in the uterus grows outside of it Surgery
The roots of CPS are both physical and mental. Some experts think that people with the condition have a problem with the system of nerves and glands that the body uses to handle stress. That makes them feel pain differently.
Other experts say CPS is a learned response. When you're in pain, you may start to repeat certain bad behaviors even after the pain is gone or has lessened.
CPS can affect people of all ages and both sexes, but it's most common in women. People with major depression and other mental health conditions are more likely to get CPS.
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