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What effect does fibromyalgia have on my immune system?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Scientists are studying whether fibromyalgia has any effect on the immune system. This much is known: The symptoms of fibromyalgia can mimic those of common autoimmune disorders. An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body's immune system, which normally defends against germs and other invaders, mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and others can cause symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and gastrointestinal problems. These are also common symptoms of fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing these and other symptoms, particularly persistent pain, see your doctor. 

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