Is Fibromyalgia Hereditary?

There is no evidence to suggest that fibromyalgia is passed down from parent to child, however, it does appear that some families experience clusters of the chronic illness.

MORE: Six tips to help prevent fibromyalgia flares.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the chances of a person developing fibromyalgia are much higher if they have immediate family members who suffer from the disease, compared to those who don’t.

There have been a few studies that have isolated several genes that could be responsible for the onset of fibromyalgia and would explain why it has a tendency to run in some families. These genes play an active role in the central nervous system and how our bodies determine pain. The same genes are also linked to anxiety and depression, which may explain why some fibromyalgia patients respond well to antidepressants.

MORE: Why fibromyalgia feels like a progressive disorder.

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  1. Em says:

    None of the meds for fibro have worked for me nor any antidepressants-all of these meds turned me into a person I, nor anyone else, knew.

    It only feels progressive because of other things changing because of the aging process. PT has had me in a flare for 3 weeks now…last time I mention I have any new pain…I am there for my knees w/ the objective being strengthening my quads to protect my knees that are already bone on bone. I grasp the concept. Only there for my knee and don’t mention what it is doing to the scoliosis, TMJ, DDD of neck and spine…the whole body is connected (or so I thought). PT is a good thing. I was referred for water therapy and I am getting land therapy.

    Word of advice…any new pain, suck it up. I am allergic to all steroids and insurance does not want to pay for anything else.

    I am not alone in this as it is always about the bucks and people do not matter…also a new primary care physician who disagrees w/ a specialist about thyroid med dosage and is increasing the dose which is stabilized after years of PCP’s having numbers wrong. I am allergic to the synthetic and that is what was called in-does anyone ever check a chart???

    Off the subject as I needed to vent somewhere. I am not drug seeking. Maybe old, useless folks are in danger…anyone who cannot contribute money in some way…I worked hard and I did pay into the system!!!

    I would much rather still be working even though I am 65-this is young.

  2. Shar says:

    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1992 and it took five years to find a doctor who was aware of fibromyalgia, at the time know one had heard of fibromyalgia now everyone and his brother has it. All of a sudden everyone is experiencing it from heredity. I don’t believe the theory that it might come from heredity I feel the only thing that makes since to me is the nervous system might be the cause. I take a anti-depressant at bed time to get better sleep 20 mg but I have found no drug that really helps I would rather live with it until they find the real cause.

  3. Marilyn says:

    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2006. Since that diagnosis I have also been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Sciatica, TMJ Migraine Headaches, Anxiety and Depression. I’ve also had a Partial Knee Replacement on my left knee on June 9, 2016 and Arthroscopic Knee Surgery on my Right Knee, on August 3, 2017. My doctor informed me that in two (2) years my right knee will have to be replacement due to bone on bone and wear of the knee.

    I am a fifty-three year old female whose worked my entire adult life. I had to quit my job as a Parole Officer. My days off work dealing with flare ups and chronic pain became to many. I filed for my Disability in 2013. I thought my medical history alone would be enough to award my Social Security Benefits. But I found out it’s not. I have been denied several times.
    Can you please tell me? What does it takes to get approved my disability. I have great physicians. Who have agreed that I am disabled. But the Social Security Administration continue to deny my case. What can I do?

    • David G Smith says:

      The Social Security Admin. turns everyone down at first, too many people abusing the system I guess. You need to contact a good lawyer and have them represent you. I was originally turned down from benefits for a permanent partial disability of both arms with bicep and elbow tendinitis from a work injury. After I got SSI disability lawyer the judge ruled in my favor.

    • Unfortunately, I think the only thing would be the help of a good lawyer that knows how to jump through the hoops. My mom was on partial disability for over 25 years before she got her permanent disability, and no she couldn’t work while on partial disability. She has since passed but I wish you all the best. I have the fibro and I’m not getting anywhere with the doctors. One tells you one thing and another something else. It gets so frustrating.

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