10 doctors weighed in:
How is fibromyalgia related to arthritis or autoimmune conditions?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not
Totally different phenomenon.

In brief: Not
Totally different phenomenon.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Dr. Duane Gels
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Indirectly
We don't understand fibro well.
It's hard to study. No simple blood test, biopsy result, imaging finding or genetic testing confirms dx. There are criteria, but they read like checklists of signs and sx. Often an intial trauma. Pts have higher rates of allergy, so many in my practice. Relationship? Many shared sx: pain in/around connective tissues + systemic c/o: fatigue, fog, can't sleep...

In brief: Indirectly
We don't understand fibro well.
It's hard to study. No simple blood test, biopsy result, imaging finding or genetic testing confirms dx. There are criteria, but they read like checklists of signs and sx. Often an intial trauma. Pts have higher rates of allergy, so many in my practice. Relationship? Many shared sx: pain in/around connective tissues + systemic c/o: fatigue, fog, can't sleep...
Dr. Duane Gels
Dr. Duane Gels
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Multifactorial cause
Fibromyalgia is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults.
These factors impact your immune system and can lead to pain and inflammation. If affecting your joints-arthritis, if affecting your connective tissue and muscles - fibromyalgia.

In brief: Multifactorial cause
Fibromyalgia is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults.
These factors impact your immune system and can lead to pain and inflammation. If affecting your joints-arthritis, if affecting your connective tissue and muscles - fibromyalgia.
Dr. Michael Rothman
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
In brief: Not genetically
Do arthritis & autoimmune disorders relate, etiologicaly, to fibromyalgia, FM. No genetic, but are behavioral relationships.
Multiple co-factors conjoin, in varying degrees, to cause FM: prolonged sedentariness is common; leading to soft tissue deconditioning & obesity; inciting widespread soft tissue spasms, ischemic tender points & interrupted sleep; leading to depression, fatigue & fibo-fog.

In brief: Not genetically
Do arthritis & autoimmune disorders relate, etiologicaly, to fibromyalgia, FM. No genetic, but are behavioral relationships.
Multiple co-factors conjoin, in varying degrees, to cause FM: prolonged sedentariness is common; leading to soft tissue deconditioning & obesity; inciting widespread soft tissue spasms, ischemic tender points & interrupted sleep; leading to depression, fatigue & fibo-fog.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
In my mind fibromyalgia is, in significant part, a repetitive stress disorder in which the stressful force is Gravity; acting on a body tower struggling to stay upright within the ambient gravitational field.
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