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A 37-year-old female asked:

can fibro really cause severe anxiety all alone, just from it?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Not generally: Many people with fibromyalgia also experience anxiety and depression, and having the chronic pain from fibro may intensify existing depression/anxiety. If having 'severe' anxiety, please see a psychiatrist. That may provide you the best assessment and help.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
I agree with Dr. Pamela
Feb 1, 2013
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Could be associated: Best to explore source of anxiety with a psychiatrist or psychologist, as fibromyalgia may be made far worse due to your emotions. Recent evidence suggests that fibro not a mental illness whatsoever, and even depression lot less common than previously thought. So, get a good global approach with counseling, meds, exercise, stress management, etc.

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