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?
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?