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Can fibromyalgia damage my tissues or organs?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Fibromyalgia can be painful, but it does not damage muscle tissue or internal organs. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, which means it is continuous and will need to be managed on a daily basis.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia can worsen over time. You may be concerned about these ongoing symptoms and your long-term health. If you are worried about the lasting effects of fibromyalgia, talk with your doctor or healthcare provider.

No. Fibromyalgia can be associated with other medical problems that may damage your organs, but fibromyalgia itself does not damage organs.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

You can take comfort in some good news if your doctor has diagnosed fibromyalgia as the cause of your pain, fatigue and other symptoms. There is no evidence that fibromyalgia causes permanent damage to the body—not to your muscles, bones, joints or any organs. By contrast, other common pain-producing conditions such as osteoarthritis are linked to tissue damage, which often worsens over time. You can work to control your fibromyalgia symptoms knowing that this condition is not crippling, nor is it ever fatal.

People with fibromyalgia do not have problems that you can see in their tissues or organs. This means if a doctor takes a biopsy of a painful body part of a person with fibromyalgia—and if the person does not have another health problem affecting that biopsy sample—the doctor is not going to find anything wrong. It’s going to look normal under a microscope. People with fibromyalgia have a problem with how they experience pain. (They also have sleep problems and fatigue.) They may feel like their muscles are weak, but tests show their strength is normal. 

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