The Link Between Fibromyalgia and Hepatitis C

According to studies, there are a surprising number of people who are diagnosed with both fibromyalgia and Hepatitis C. In one study, the prevalence of fibromyalgia among those with Hepatitis C is around 15-19%. This is much higher than the occurrence of fibromyalgia in the entire American population, at only 2%. Such study suggests that chronic hepatitis C may be among the triggering factors of fibromyalgia.

What is Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a type of liver infection triggered by Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). This is a blood borne virus that spreads in the body when the blood from an infected person gets into the blood stream. Before the widespread screening of blood supply, the spread of HCV was mainly due to blood transfusions. These days, the virus spread through needle sharing in drugs.


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  1. says: Patti Campbell

    I have fibromyalgia and have been screened for HepC, this screening came back negative. So, I would say, yes, fibromyalgia is triggered by the immune system, but not a specific disease. It may well be a number of diseases can trigger fibromyalgia.

    I think this is misleading in its content. It may be that people with a variety of chronic diseases have a higher percentage of fibromyalgia.

    just my opinion

  2. says: Sharon W

    I agree, reading this has put me into a state of fear now thinking I must go and get checked for Hep C now as my Husband used drugs before I met him, I’m beginning to panick reading this article…

  3. says: Kim Reed

    I feel the same way as Sharon W now that I’ve read this article it’s made me feel panicky too. So I’m going to be checked for Hepatitis C to love to know more about this myself.

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