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Is Fibromyalgia Degenerative?


Updated January 08, 2010

Question: Is Fibromyalgia Degenerative?
Several conditions that share symptoms with fibromyalgia are degenerative (i.e., multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis). Is fibromyalgia degenerative as well?
Answer: No. Fibromyalgia, unlike other similar-appearing conditions, does not cause damage to bones, joints, tissues or organs.

Many people with multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other degenerative rheumatic or autoimmune diseases may also have fibromyalgia. Researchers, though, have not found evidence that fibromyalgia makes you more likely to develop other rheumatic or autoimmune disorders.

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2007 National Institutes of Health. "Fibromyalgia"

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