Is fibromyalgia hereditary?
The short answer is we don’t know yet if FM is hereditary, although there are signs pointing in that direction. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, several studies have found that more than one person
in a family can have fibromyalgia, but no one has yet found out why. This article, The genetics of fibromyalgia syndrome, published in 2007, seems to sum up it up: FM does appear to have genetic components, but how – we don’t know and more research is needed.
If you look at the various fibromyalgia associations and groups, most will cite that FM runs in families. As well, if you speak to people who have FM, many will tell you that another family member has the condition too or some autoimmune illnesses. While this is still anecdotal, it is hard to ignore.
It’s frustrating to have an illness that so few people know so little about. This is why it’s important to push for research, to push to be heard. We need more answers. Have you found any studies that point to a genetic link? If so, please leave the information in the comment section so we can see what other researchers are finding.