Diseases and Conditions

Causes and Risk Factors for Fibromyalgia

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Genetics


When it comes to a genetic link for fibromyalgia, there seems to be increasing evidence. However, that does not mean that it if an individual develops fibromyalgia that they necessarily got it from their parent. However, there are more likely to have a family member with the disorder. More specifically, if an individual has fibromyalgia, they are approximately seven times higher to have someone in their immediate family with the disorder as well when compared to those individuals who do not have fibromyalgia. The reason for this seems to be a variety of genes that influence how your nervous system responds to painful stimuli. Since these genes are also found to be related to both depression and anxiety, it has been found that some medications used to treat these psychological disorders can provide individuals with fibromyalgia with some pain relief.