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Is fibromyalgia caused by depression?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Betty Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
7 doctors agree
In brief: No.
No depression does not cause fibromyalgia.
However, suffering from chronic pain can cause anxiety and depression which can make fibromyalgia symptoms worse.

In brief: No.
No depression does not cause fibromyalgia.
However, suffering from chronic pain can cause anxiety and depression which can make fibromyalgia symptoms worse.
Dr. Betty Keller
Dr. Betty Keller
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
I concur. It is also true that some folks who become depressed experience generalized body pain that most often is described as muscle pain and occasionally joint pain. Why that is is not really understood.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Fibromyalgia is a real entity causing muscle aches and fatigue.
It is thought to be caused by abnormally low brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Low levels of these same chemicals are responsible for causing depression. Therefore the two are related but separate entities.

In brief: No
Fibromyalgia is a real entity causing muscle aches and fatigue.
It is thought to be caused by abnormally low brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Low levels of these same chemicals are responsible for causing depression. Therefore the two are related but separate entities.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
? is fibromyalgia depression-caused.
No! Multiple co-factors (childbirth, obesity, mechanical injury & hypermobility) conjoin as pelvic joint mechanical destabilizers; causing unstable body tower to tilt within gravitational field; inciting widespread repetitive stress soft tissue injuries as result of asymmetric biomechanical function; evoking symptom constellation labeled as "Fibromyalgia".

In brief: No
? is fibromyalgia depression-caused.
No! Multiple co-factors (childbirth, obesity, mechanical injury & hypermobility) conjoin as pelvic joint mechanical destabilizers; causing unstable body tower to tilt within gravitational field; inciting widespread repetitive stress soft tissue injuries as result of asymmetric biomechanical function; evoking symptom constellation labeled as "Fibromyalgia".
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
But, many studies have demonstrated that the chronic pain of fibromyalgia can CAUSE depression. Any chronic pain condition can lead to depression.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine
In brief: Fibromyalgia
The key is an imballance in the area of the thalmus. This causes lack of pain filtering by thalmus an increased pain perception.

In brief: Fibromyalgia
The key is an imballance in the area of the thalmus. This causes lack of pain filtering by thalmus an increased pain perception.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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