Is Fibromyalgia Hereditary?

is fibromyalgia hereditary

Fibromyalgia is said to affect more than six million people in the world. In fact, it is considered to be the most common chronic pain disorder today.  But a question concerns many fibromyalgia patients and their family members – is fibromyalgia hereditary?

Its Complicated..

Is fibromyalgia hereditary? This question is actually more complicated than it may seem. As you know, fibromyalgia is a relatively new disorder. With its modern diagnosis and definition being solidified in the year 1972 by a certain Dr. Hugh Smythe, the American Medical Association (AMA) only recognized fibromyalgia as an actual condition in the year 1987. There are insufficient opportunities or funding in the study of fibromyalgia, as compared to other chronic illnesses and disorders.

So what does this mean for those suffering from fibromyalgia? What will modern science have to say regarding the possibility of passing fibromyalgia to your kids and the next generation?

Is Fibromyalgia hereditary?

With such broad description about the possible fibromyalgia causes, it is clear that, even medical professionals do not quite understand the condition. However, even if this is the case, there have been lots of breakthrough in the study of this condition. This can somehow help to address the question on whether fibromyalgia is hereditary or not.

Just like other rheumatic diseases, fibromyalgia is thought to develop due to a genetic tendency that can be passed on to the genetic offspring, most especially from mother to daughters.

Rheumatic diseases are sometimes epigenetic. This means that specific genes in your body can be activated by certain environmental factors (these genes would otherwise remained dormant). This results in the development of certain conditions in the body.

So does this mean that fibromyalgia is a medical condition can be passed down hereditarily?

As of the moment, the only answer that the modern science can give when it comes to this question is that there is a high possibility that it could be. However, this requires much further studies in order to validate. Without a thorough study and a peer-reviewed research, complete with enough funding, it is hard to conclude if fibromyalgia is indeed hereditary. For now, the condition only seem to cluster through family lines without any actual pattern or an ease of diagnosis.


  • I never knew of my mother or father to suffer symptoms of Fibromyalgia but both myself and my brother suffer with it, as do our daughters.

  • I fully believe that my Fibromyalgia is in fact a condition that was passed down through my mother’s genes. She had exactly the same markers as myself although she herself was never diagnosed as having the condition. My mother suffered severe chronic pain, had both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis aswell as many other crippling diseases she died bedridden with dementia after being in a hospital bed for four years. I really don’t want to end my days in the hell my mother was in.

  • I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for approximately 10 years and my daughter who is now 23 years has been suffering from symptoms of fibromyalgia for approximately five years, however she is under going tests for possible Lupus

  • My mother has fibro and so do I. We believe now, based on the symptoms & complaints of my grandmother, that she had fibro too. Even if the condition is environmentally triggered, it appears that the gene must be passed down. We know for sure that fibro is affecting the third generation in my family, & most likely, it appeared even earlier. More money needs to be allocated for research on treatment because the condition is extremely debilitating & affects all aspects of a person’s life.

  • Yes! I strongly believe that Fibromyalgia is Hereditary. My Mother had it, I have it, however my sister does not, my brother did. My youngest daughter has it, my older daughter doesn’t. I pray that if we have grandchildren they are spared this painful illness.

  • I believe that Fibromyalgia is passed along in some way. My Mother has Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Arthritis. I have Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Migraines, Raynaud’s, Scolosis, Bone Spurs along my Spine, and DDD. My Sister also has Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s and Arthritis. My Daughter shows several symptoms of Fibromyalgia since she was a Teenager. It’s passed in some way.

  • I have had Fibromyalgia for a very long time, I was in my 20s, but it was not recognized until I was in my 50s. For years I suffered with chronic pain which was not acknowledged by any of the physicians that were treating me. I was also a diabetic that took over 10 plus years to be diagnosis . Due to prolong diagnosis, I also developed neuropathy. Now my 47 yr. old son is suffering and has not yet been diagnosis probably due to the same reasons. I am noticing that his 17 yr. old son could be experiencing the same symptoms but doesn’t want to admit it. Does it pay to have them examined by physicians, no because I have taken them and requested their knowledge to determine what the problem could be but have not mentioned my experiences of the past. For years I was filled with antibiotics because the physicians claimed I was having viruses and I knew better that something was definitely wrong with my body. However, I could not convince them.

  • I’m positive my mother, now deceased with Alzheimer’s, also had fibro undiagnosed. Her father, also undiagnosed, also suffered with fibro related symptoms, who also passed with Alzheimer’s. My oldest and my youngest daughter both diagnosed with fibro.

  • I too believe fibro is inherited …My son has it and he’s almost 35. I feel bad for my 3 grandkids cause i dont want them to suffer with everything fibro throws at us. I was adopted so i know nothing about my biological parents or their medical issues.

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