Researchers found that women suffering from both fibromyalgia and endometriosis are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren syndrome.
They also found a high occurrence of anxiety and depression women with both fibromyalgia and endometriosis. Around 66% of these patients had medical records of anxiety and depression. In addition, the study showed an increased rate of hospitalization in these patients.
One interesting finding showed that 43% of the women with both fibromyalgia and endometriosis had the former diagnosis before the latter. 17% had the diagnosis of both fibromyalgia and endometriosis within a year. This finding prompts physicians to examine fibro patients, who exhibit abdominal and pelvic symptoms, for endometriosis.
The findings of both studies caution physicians, and patients themselves, to look out for endometriosis in fibromyalgia and vice versa. Researchers also suggest patients with either or both conditions to test for autoimmune diseases.