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Table 5 Perceived triggering events of FM onset (in descending order of frequency)

From: An internet survey of 2,596 people with fibromyalgia

Event Frequency
Chronic stress 41.9%
Emotional trauma 31.3%
Acute illness 26.7%
Physical injury (non-MVA) 17.1%
Surgery 16.1%
Motor vehicle accident (MVA) 16.1%
Emotional and physical abuse as an adult 12.2%
Emotional and physical abuse as a child 11.9%
Thyroid problems 10.3%
Menopause 10.1%
Sexual abuse as a child 8.7%
Childbirth 7.6%
Sexual abuse as adult 2.9%