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.

18 Comments

  • 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’m so sorry to hear about your mom. My mother is in a similar situation and it’s hard to watch her just giving up. She cannot walk or shower by herself and many other things. She has fibromyalgia and dementia, Alzheimer’s.

  • 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.

    • Iv had fibro for many years but was diagnosed about 12years ago. My paternal grandmother had rhumitoide arthritis (similar pain to fibro) and in looks, build, nature and such we are very alike. Also, my eldest daughter was diagnosed with MS some years ago (again similarities) whilst my youngest was troubled with “growing pains “ as a child. My son (middle child) suffered osgoudes shlatteries (I’m sure that’s not the correct spelling) as a child and teenager and now as an adult does occasionally get random pain (but refuses to get it checked out).
      All in all I’m pretty convinced that yes it is hereditary.

    • My mother and grandmother were both diagnosed with various forms of arthritis, etc however I believe that it was Fibro that my mother had. We both suffer/suffered gastric, bowel and bladder problems (along with other stuff), both morbidly obese and I have ended up in a very similar position to my mother at 50. Both virtually housebound, with a very small life. I wish I’d understood her pain more fully when she was alive. Sadly she died aged 61. I certainly believe that it’s hereditary and sadly I see minor symptoms of it in my 28 year old son. I first noticed I was different in my late 20s/early 30s.

  • 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.

  • I truly believe Fibromyalgia is hereditary. My Aunt on my mother’s side must have had it. She passed in 1999 at the age of 92 and was undiagnosed. Our entire family thought she was just a hypochondriac. It is one of the biggest regrets of my life thinking that and now knowing how my Aunt must have been suffering. She was a widow with no children. I am 64 now and have suffered with Fibro for the past 7 years, although I believe now it started much earlier than that. It came on strong after a car accident in 2011. However, I suffered with migraines since the age of 15 (I believe there is a correlation between migraines and fibromyalgia). The migraines stopped around 60 years old. Praise God! I take Cymbalta for pain and depression, trazadone to help me sleep and pain meds in the morning which help until they wear off. I know many people are opposed to taking pain meds, but research shows that they help in about 40% of fibro patients and I happen to be one of them. They don’t make me high, they just target my pain. No abuse here, just help from them. The combination of these has helped me a great deal. I try to reduce my stress level and say “no” to things more than I would like, but for the most part, I am coping. It is not easy sometimes when a flare-up occurs…but I know I caused the flare-up by doing too much. Everyone is different, yet everyone is the same regarding this affliction. Whatever it takes for YOU to live the best life you can, do it! Don’t listen to the naysayers about this medication/treatment or that one. You must be your own advocate…I wish only the best for anyone suffering from Fibro because no one but someone who has this can possible know how we feel. God’s blessings to all of you.

    • Dearest Sharon,

      I know exactly how you feel, you’ve not only got the same name as myself you have also got this horrendous illness that we both suffer & it seems our life’s are very much the same paths also, your comment has made me sit up and take notice with what you have written, ( “have you ever thought about writhing a book ?? I would be the first to read it my dear”) I sometime feel like some sort of druggy picking up my prescriptions from the pharmacy , o I’m on the same meds as yourself also, although the cymbalta im beginning to have my doughts on it working properly just now.
      I have great difficulty in saying that big word No to people who look at me for help because I own a car or “ Sharon will give you a loan for a couple of weeks, through no fault of my own” I find it difficult to say no to people because I think there my friends , but I know there not really there just using me, over and over… my son thinks I’m a hyprocondriac even though I’ve being diagnosed & he can’t stand me talking about me.. so I don’t see him very often ! He will come for a couple of hours just to see his sister that he’s really jealous off but I can’t help it if she is by her nanny but I get the backlash… god life ain’t simple Sharon you have brought me back to life reading your story, and I wish you well and god bless you , Thank you .

  • I suffer from Fibromyalgia, as do several cousins of mine. It definitely is genetic, hereditary because so many in my family suffer from it.

  • I definitely believe it is hereditary. I have it and two of my sisters had it. My poor Mother suffered from it before it had a name. Two of my daughters are now starting to display symptoms of it as well. It breaks my heart to think of my daughter s suffering the way I have!!!!
    Please we must demand that more research dollars go towards discovering what is at the root of this life altering disease!! It is really much, much worse than any of these commercials on t.v. Are depicting it to be! The pain, the migraines, The inability to fall asleep, the depression and anxiety it causes, The I.B.S, with all of the pain that causes, and now my hair is falling out… It’s a Disease that hits you like you have been run over by a truck, similar to the worst flu you have ever had! The only difference is there is very little that can be done to help you. I would love for anyone who Doubts just how Severe the Pain is, to have it for just 1 month. I can guarantee you would Never doubt it’s severity again!

  • So sad that this disease has been ignored for years I know I have had it far longer than I have been diagnosed I hated to complain cause I worked in a hospital where there were sick people So I just continued on to work and not say a word or for ever to think I was a hyperconderatic which I wasn’t. So years and years of pain and ageny I continued on my journey of working Til maybe 8 years ago been diagnosed with Fibromylgia I continue to hurt everyday. Have tried every medication possible for it couldn’t function very well and work taken it . So I just quit all meds and decided to deal with the pain and sleepless nights on my own. But it really takes a tole on u trust me Invisable cause u look good on the outside and people look at u like your crazy trust me I’m not. Been a hard working all my life since have retired and don’t think I could do a full days work anymore the pain is un real at times. But I continue on to stay active I go swimming in a salt water pool I walk I do YOGA Seems to keep u going but bad at times Finding the cold weather really effects me for some reason never did before.But we have to keep going that’s my story in a nut shell could go on and on but we all have different signs i’m sure. Thanks for all reports from all our fibro friends .

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