Living With Fibromyalgia

Does fibromyalgia get worse over time?

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  • Fibromyalgia doesn't get worse over time. It isn't a progressive disorder. However, you may experience flare ups when your symptoms seem worse. These can be the result of several factors including stress, lack of sleep, and your environment. Talk to your doctor about controlling your flare ups. Fibromyalgia can be painful and uncomfortable, but it isn't life threatening and it won't cause any permanent damage.

  • 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 FM symptoms may worsen over time. Newer research suggests that there is also a dysautonomia associated with FM, (see for this reason comorbid conditions can interfere. 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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