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Is fibromyalgia autoimmune?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

There is no known autoimmune cause of fibromyalgia.
Current thinking is that is is a central nervous system disorder.

In brief: No

There is no known autoimmune cause of fibromyalgia.
Current thinking is that is is a central nervous system disorder.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Autoimmune disease

Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease as there are no fibromyalgia specific antibodies with no elevations of inflammatory markers.
In some there are associated autoimmune disorders such as lupus, RA with symptoms of fatigue and pain. Many autoimmune disorders start with symptoms of fatigue and become autoimmune diseases over years and during such intervals can be labeled as fibromyalgia.

In brief: Autoimmune disease

Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease as there are no fibromyalgia specific antibodies with no elevations of inflammatory markers.
In some there are associated autoimmune disorders such as lupus, RA with symptoms of fatigue and pain. Many autoimmune disorders start with symptoms of fatigue and become autoimmune diseases over years and during such intervals can be labeled as fibromyalgia.
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

Despite many attempts there has been no clear explanation for fibromyalgia which is thought to be a central nervous system condition of lowered pain threshold.
There has never been an autoimmune connection.

In brief: Not likely

Despite many attempts there has been no clear explanation for fibromyalgia which is thought to be a central nervous system condition of lowered pain threshold.
There has never been an autoimmune connection.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes & no

? if fibromyalgia (FM) is autoimmune (AI).
AI is not direct cause of FM, but can be associated in that many AI disorders cause painful fatigue-inducing inactivity; imparting increased soft tissue deconditioning & weakness that contributes to causes of FM: childbirth w. pelvic injury, hypermobility, mechanical injuries, obesity, delicate female joints, & prolonged sedentariness of chronic illness.

In brief: Yes & no

? if fibromyalgia (FM) is autoimmune (AI).
AI is not direct cause of FM, but can be associated in that many AI disorders cause painful fatigue-inducing inactivity; imparting increased soft tissue deconditioning & weakness that contributes to causes of FM: childbirth w. pelvic injury, hypermobility, mechanical injuries, obesity, delicate female joints, & prolonged sedentariness of chronic illness.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Martin Morell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Although the immune system can be involved in a very indirect way.

In brief: No

Although the immune system can be involved in a very indirect way.
Dr. Martin Morell
Dr. Martin Morell
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