Fibromyalgia Complications

What are the long-term health effects of fibromyalgia?

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  • The long-term health effects of fibromyalgia vary from person to person. In many cases, fibromyalgia never goes away. Yet there is some good news about long-term health effects associated with fibromyalgia. Unlike other painful conditions such as osteoarthritis -- the most common cause of joint pain -- fibromyalgia is not a progressive disease. It doesn't cause tissues in the body to wear away. For this reason, the symptoms of fibromyalgia may not worsen over time. In fact, some people with fibromyalgia notice that their symptoms actually improve. Working closely with your doctor can help you to manage fibromyalgia over your lifetime.
  • ACeleste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered

    There is evidence that the risk of fibromyalgia may increase with age. There is a higher incidence of FM with disorders associated with aging, such as arthritic and autoimmune disorders. Because of this it is possible that overall symptoms may worsen over time, especially if comorbid and coexisting conditions aren’t addressed and treated appropriately.

    Newer research suggests that there is also a dysautonomia associated with FM, (see for this reason comorbid conditions can interfere and recommended treatments may fall short of success. We know myofascial pain syndrome is also associated with many of the overlapping conditions of FM, when left untreated symptoms do not improve. (see

    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.

    Author of Chapter Five, Living with and Coping Effectively Through Fibromyalgia: Detecting Barriers, Understanding the Clues, in Fibromyalgia Insider Secrets: 10 Top Experts, 2nd Ed. Ebook complied by Deirdre Rawlings, ND, PhD

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