Is Fibromyalgia Hereditary?

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While there is much about fibromyalgia that it is not known, it is widely accepted that there is some form of genetic link on fibromyalgia. If one of your siblings or one of your parents has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, then your chances of developing the disease are increased.

Researchers are looking at several different genes which may play a role, although most scientists believe that fibromyalgia is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Environmental factors may include stress, trauma or an illness that causes trauma to the body. Giving birth sometimes appears to be the triggering event for some women.

There appears to be a stronger link between mothers and daughters developing the disease than between fathers and sons. However, those numbers may be skewed as it may be due to the fact that far fewer men are diagnosed with the disease and not because there are fewer men who suffer from it.

While there is evidence that having a family member with fibromyalgia may predispose someone to developing fibromyalgia, that does not mean that all siblings or all children of someone with the disease will develop it. However, if you begin to develop symptoms, it is important to discuss your family’s history with your health care provider.

If you, or someone who know has fibromyalgia and are looking for additional support and resources, go to www.fmnetnews.com. This is a non-profit group that can provide a number of resources as well as mail you a list of fibromyalgia providers in your state. In addition, you can contact the local chapter of your arthritis foundation or hospital and ask if they have a fibromyalgia support group. If they do, attend the group as you are able.


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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