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Is there a link between depression and fibromyalgia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Fibromyalgia can be painful and incredibly frustrating. It may limit your abilities and prevent you from doing things that you love. Not to mention the fact that it might affect your job performance. All of these things can lead to stress, which just makes fibromyalgia worse. People often develop depression as a result of their fibromyalgia. It's important to realize that this isn't uncommon.

People with fibromyalgia can lead happy and full lives and should not allow the condition to cause them to be alone. Staying active can help ease depression and anxiety. Exercise boosts endorphins, the "feel good" chemicals in your brain.

If you become depressed, talk to your doctor about finding a therapist who can help or a support group for people with fibromyalgia in your area. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health if you want to minimize your symptoms.

Pain-induced mood swings are more than a nuisance. They can lead to clinical depression or anxiety, two mood disorders commonly seen in fibromyalgia patients. Sometimes antidepressant medications—often prescribed in lower doses to treat fibromyalgia pain—may also help reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Dr. Stephen Q. Parker, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist

Fibromyalgia (FM) can be a very frustrating and mysterious disorder that can lead to depression. There are various theories as to how FM develops all of which have some merit. Despite this, FM is still being misdiagnosed, which results in wrong treatments and outcomes. As a result, depression could develop which can further exacerbate the symptoms of FM. It is important to treat the symptoms of FM and depression when at all possible to alleviate the symptoms.

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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.