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Is fibromyalgia contagious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Fibromyalgia is not contagious. You can't develop it as a result of coming in contact with someone else who has it. Although the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, it does tend to run in families, which means genetics are likely to play a role. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you have a higher risk for developing the condition as well.

Stephen Parker, MD
Stephen Parker, MD on behalf of MDLIVE
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Fibromyalgia is not contagious. There are a host of conditions that could contribute to FM including stress and trauma. Sometimes a prediliction to developing FM may be seen if a family member has this diagnosis.
Nicholas D Suite
Nicholas D Suite on behalf of MDLIVE
Neurology
There is no evidence that fibromyalgia is contagious despite recent scientific interest in a possible viral (infectious) cause. Individuals who are concerned that they might have fibromyalgia should be sure to see a physician experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition (so that they can be sure that other illnesses causing fibromyalgia-like symptoms have been ruled out).  

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.