Is fibromyalgia contagious?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fibromyalgia is not contagious. You can't get it by coming into contact with someone who has it. Often a combination of genetic and environmental elements combine to cause fibromyalgia. That is, you may be born with a genetic susceptibility to fibromyalgia, and then an illness, accident, or trauma triggers the onset of the condition. Some of those triggers may be viruses. So while fibromyalgia is not contagious, getting sick from a viral condition may trigger the condition in people who are prone to it.
Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine

Although there are dozens of infections associated with both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, these are most often infections that are very common in the everyday environment or not readily transmitted from person to person. The infection persists because of the immune dysfunction (weakened immune system) that is common in fibromyalgia and CFS.

Nicholas D Suite
Nicholas D Suite on behalf of MDLIVE
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).  
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.
No, fibromyalgia is not contagious. It is not something that you can catch from another person. Certain infections, like viruses, may lead to fibromyalgia but this is a result of the infection's effect on the person and is not contagious.

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.

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