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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredFibromyalgia is not known to cause other medical conditions. However, people who have fibromyalgia seem to be at high risk for developing other painful conditions, including osteoarthritis (the common type of arthritis caused by wear and tear on the joints) as well as other related conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis. Also, people with fibromyalgia are frequently diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and certain other conditions.
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered
As far as we know fibromyalgia does not cause other medical conditions, however, there are certain disorders that cluster with fibromyalgia:
- Raynaud’s and sensitivity to cold
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and leaky gut syndrome (LGS)
- Irritable bladder
- Interstitial cystitis
Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) also known as chronic myofascial pain (CMP), which is the presence of myofascial trigger points
- Disordered sleep
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Dry mucus membranes (SICCA syndrome)
- Severe headache
- Jaw dysfunction and pain (which could be contributed to MPS/CMP)
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Anxiety or depression
It is felt that most of these comorbid conditions have a common connection in the central nervous system and that is why they cluster together.
It is important to evaluate each of them if fibromyalgia is suspected, because treatments may overlap, but are specific to each condition.
All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press and are not meant to replace medical advice. www.thesethree.com
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