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Is Fibromyalgia Progressive?


Updated January 08, 2010

Question: Is Fibromyalgia Progressive?

Is fibromyalgia a progressive disorder, meaning does it get worse over time?

Answer: Fibromyalgia is not generally considered a progressive disorder, but in some cases it does progress.

In most people, fibromyalgia symptoms go through flares (when symptoms are severe) and remissions (when symptoms are minimal or absent). Some people find ways to dramatically reduce their symptoms and enter long-term remissions. Others, however, experience an overall worsening of symptoms over time, and these cases could be considered progressive.

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