What are the long-term health effects of fibromyalgia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
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.

Continue Learning about Fibromyalgia Complications

Can fibromyalgia cause other medical conditions?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
Fibromyalgia is not known to cause other medical conditions. However, people who have fibromyalgia s...
More Answers
What are possible complications for fibromyalgia?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
As if coping with pain and other common fibromyalgia symptoms weren't bad enough, people with fi...
More Answers
Does fibromyalgia affect people with lupus?
Mihaela B. Taylor, MDMihaela B. Taylor, MD
Fibromyalgia is common in people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), also known as lupus. Peopl...
More Answers
Which parts of my body may be affected by fibromyalgia?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
Fibromyalgia can affect many parts of the body. The primary physical symptom of fibromyalgia is pain...
More Answers

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.