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Is fibromyalgia genetic?

Is fibromyalgia genetic?

Possibly: There has been some research that suggests that tendency to chronic pain and fibromyalgia may have some genetic basis however this question is far from clear. Most conditions are usually a combination of genetic as well as environmental factors which are complex. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Are there some genetic reasons I get fibromyalgia off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get fibromyalgia off and on?

Dom't know: But in general. Almost every illness humans can get has some genetic component. ...Read more

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Have you heard of the new blood test for fibromyalgia from a company called epic genetics? Worth doing?

Forgive me: A company called "epic genetics" that says they offer not a genetic assay but cytokine / chemokine assays, not revealing specifics, headed by a bruce gillis, there being no peer-reviewed publications for a b gillis on fibromyalgia in the peer-reviewed nih data-base, the test costing $734, and he claims there are 20 million fibromyalgia sufferers in the usa? Sorry. I'm not the only skeptic. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia real?

Is fibromyalgia real?

Yes: Although there are no tests, to date, that can confirm a case of fibromyalgia, it is real. Unfortunately it can only be diagnosed by history, physical and ruling out other diseases. ...Read more

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Who gets fibromyalgia?

Who gets fibromyalgia?

Anyone: Anyone can develop fibromyalgia. It is more common in women, typically beginning in the 2nd-4th decade. I do see it more commonly in my clinic among patients who have a 1st degree relative who suffers from alcoholism, among patients with remote history of physical or sexual abuse, and occasionally after a traumatic injury. A higher incidence of depressive and anxiety disorders may be associated. ...Read more

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How did I get fibromyalgia?

How did I get fibromyalgia?

Unknown: The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. People have developed fms after physical, and or emotional trauma, in addition cases have also been seen after a viral or bacterial infection. It is most likely caused by many different triggers and in some people from multiple triggers. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia cripple you?

No: Fibromyalgia does not cause crippling deformities. It is very important to stay active, participate in social activities, and keep a positive outlook as the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia can cause depression and poor physical conditioning. There are many diseases that are worse but fibromyalgia can be difficult. ...Read more

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How can fibromyalgia be cured?

How can fibromyalgia be cured?

Yes,but...: ? if fibromyalgia (FM) can "go away". Yes, if the patient makes correct efforts related to certain lifestyles. Cause of FM "officially unknown". Clinical data supports that FM is multifactorial & treatments are multimodal. Patient efforts at muscle reconditioning via aquatherapy, massage, gentle yoga, medicinal cannabis, weight loss, & mindfulness therapies provide best potential for a cure. ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia syndrome?

Fibromyalgia: Fm is a common syndrome associated w/widespread pain; may be accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive/ memory problems, anxiety, depression. To meet criteria for diagnosis: widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of body for >3 months and 11-18 tender points (determined by md). Cause is unknown however research looks to a disorder of central processing and pain amplification. ...Read more

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What could lead to fibromyalgia?

What could lead to fibromyalgia?

Unknown.: The cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown. The current research shows that it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that lead to a central sensitization syndrome. This means there is an abnormal pain signaling process in the brain and spinal cord. Precipitating factors include physical and mental trauma as well as infections, and autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, ...Read more


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