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Common Cormobidities Found In Fibromyalgia

April 3

Are you experiencing health problems in addition to your FMS?

Common cormobidities found in Fibromyalgia may need to be addressed and treated as part of your overall healthcare routine.

As so many conditions will overlap and exacerbate each other, it is important to  bring these issues to your physician for diagnosis and treatment.

What is a cormobidity? It a medical condition brought about by, or accompanying your overall disease.


Common Cormobidities Found In Fibromyalgia

  • Depression: Affects approx. 70% of those diagnosed with FMS at one point or another

  • Restless Leg Syndrome: Neurological disorder affecting approx. 40% of those with FMS

  • Sleep Disorders: can include insomnia and sleep apnea

  • Migraines & Chronic Headaches

  • Myofascial pain syndrome: Often mistaken for FMS. Trigger points develop hard little knots under the skin that are painful to the touch.

  • Digestive Issues: affect 70% of FMS patients. Can include; Irritable Bowel Sydrome, GERD, Chron’s disease, acid reflux, heartburn,gastroparesis, ect.

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Low Cortisol Levels

  • Anxiety

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Common Cormobidities Found In Fibromyalgia


What cormobidities have you been diagnosed with, and what treatment (if any) are you receiving for them?

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  • Reply Cheryl April 3 at 10:53 am

    Chronic dry eyes and costochondritis are two other syndromes I was diagnosed with about a year before the fibromyalgia pain started, along with adult long conditions of migraine headaches (with a mini stroke at age 26), anxiety and sleep issues along with diagnosed restless leg syndrome after a sleep study.

    • Reply kristine April 3 at 12:30 pm

      Now that’s a ‘motely crew’ of a list Cheryl! I have issues with my eyes as well. Thanks for commenting! ♥ 🙂 ♥

  • Reply Julie April 3 at 11:06 am

    Thank you. My primary thinks myofascial pain syndrome is the same as FM. A chiro knew better and diagnosed me with it. Therefore, I have both! Sadly, like so many others, I fight the good fight for all these other (what I call) octopus tentacles of Fibromyalgia.

    • Reply kristine April 3 at 12:32 pm

      Way to be on top of it Julie! We have to be our own healthcare advocates/experts at times, don’t we? It’s amazing how uninformed some in the medical community can be. THank you! 😉

  • Reply federica April 4 at 4:35 am

    hi! I have insomnia, migraine and cyclical problems with bowel and stomach … I take valerian and Griffonia but as you know everything is palliative!

    • Reply kristine April 4 at 9:05 am

      Very true Federica! I’m glad you are finding some natural solutions that work 🙂

  • Reply Michelle April 5 at 6:41 pm

    I suffer from anxiety, depression, and hypothyroidism along with my fibromyalgia. I also have chronic pelvic pain from adhesions from endometriosis and surgeries (these are often comorbidities too) A lot of autoimmune diseases are comorbid with FMS as well. I’m seropositive anti-CCP for rheumatoid arthritis and am early stage of that. The fun just never ends for us 🙂 We just have to stay positive and take the best care of ourselves as we can:-)

    • Reply kristine April 6 at 9:06 pm

      Agreed Michelle! Finding positivity amidst all that we can be legitimately negative about IS important! This is an overlooked part of our healthcare. The mind and the body are inextricably bound. Thanks again! 🙂

  • Reply Bronwyn April 6 at 3:24 pm

    Hi to all, and I feel I may have an answer for Michelle, if she wants to go down this path with her “adhesions”. I, too, had a few years with these issues back in the early 1990’s. I was, however, lucky to have a very good, and knowledgeable gynaecologist. He relieved all of these for me by “Cauterizing the Adhesions”. yes, it took about 4 Laparoscopies to do so (one was very bad, having the bowel adhered to the Pelvic Floor). However, I havn’t had these problems now, since the last one. I know the pain of same, and have witnesses many others (including my sister), but can’t seem to understand that by having them Cauterized, they Do Not come back. Some have surgery to Release the Adhesions, but then they come back as a result of this surgery. This is where the difference is….the Cauterizing over the Releasing.
    As for every other known symptom for FMS, I, too, have been there along the way, and still have them from time to time. As we all find, they come and go. Yes, it is a case of “treating each symptom individually”. I do feel that, even though the professionals think it’s all to do with either Emotional or Physical Trauma, I believe/feel that the Epstein Barr Virus is behind them all. As we all know this virus stays with us for life (whether we causght it via Chicken Pox or with Glandular Fever….they’re the same virus), and when something happens to us in life that causes this virus to rear it’s ugley head, then we have another part of us go to FMS/ME. My main treatments are taking of Multi-vitamins to fight any virus/bacteria, use of Magnesium Forte for the Restless legs/arms, and Physio to help relax the tight muscles. (of course there are the usual meds of Amitriptylline etc too). The one mult-vitamin that I find helps with protection is Berroca (which contains ALL the electrolytes and vitamins needed). I also take a daily Horseradish and Garlic to stave off colds/flus etc. I am not saying that I don’t have Flares, but know that withough these, I get very down and sore/sorry for myself.
    If the “powers that be” could only find a treatment that would inhibit the actions of the Epstein Barr Virus actions on our bodies, I feel we may not have as many flares or new symptoms ????

    Hoping this may help others

    • Reply kristine April 6 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you for this Brownwyn. EBV is behind many of these conditions, I agree. I would be hesitant though to say it is behind them ‘all’. The Central Nervous System affects so many areas of our bodies, and there are many things that can damage it, EBV being just one of them.
      LOVE the horseradish/garlic tip! I’ll have to give it a try 😉

      • Reply Michelle April 7 at 4:44 pm

        Thank you Brownwyn. I will certainly look into the cauterizing. I wish you all the best:-)

  • Reply Gina April 6 at 9:32 pm

    I also suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome, GERD, IBS, Chronic headaches, TMJ, and anxiety. Being a Fibro Warrior is Exhausting but I still try to keep the hope that the next day I won’t use up all my spoons. It’s only been a little over a year that I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but the pain I have been feeling for years prior. Now I’m just on the path of pain management so that I can continue working and being as involved as possible with my two kids.

    • Reply kristine April 6 at 10:44 pm

      Hi Gina! Your story is a very common one: years till diagnosis, pain for years, and finally symptom management. It IS exhausting, but hang in there! You are not alone! 😉

  • Reply Kelly Dunn April 14 at 12:32 am

    I have T1 diabetes, migraines, anxiety, major depressive disorder, hypothyroidism, insomnia, RLS & bilateral adhesive capsulitis. I have had both EBV & CMV.
    As a Diabetes Educator, I have learnt, over 15 years of nursing, that autoimmune conditions ‘cluster’ together, as well as having genetic patterns in family.

    • Reply kristine April 14 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Kelly, it is interesting concerning the ‘clustering’, isn’t it?

  • Reply Karen Gubler May 16 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Fellow Warriors! Some of the sides started years ago?! Diagnosis of Human Papiloma Virus in my mid 20s, makes me wonder if that’s where it started, beings that it is an auto – immune disease?! Through my 30s, came a s**t load of Psychological Issues, and Diseases!! The others all started about 6 yrs. ago! First, Sjogren’s Disease, which causes dry mouth, and dry eye. Then Fibro, Gerd, Sleep Apnea, Hypothyroidism, Osteo-Arthritis, Rhumatoid Arthritis, and some others that I can’t recall, thanks to that wonderful Fibro-Fog we all know and loath! It all started around 6 yrs. ago when I had severe back pain, and I just kept telling my Dr. that my skin hurt when I touched it! He sent me to a Rheumatologist, and he did the diagnosing from there! I’ve also been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc, and I’ve had 2 Fusion Surgeries, and just a couple weeks ago, they found a Compression Fracture on my L1 vertebrae!!! So yes, it seems like it’s never going to end, and in my case, there has never been free of pain day’s, except in the area’s that were extremely painful in the back! That would get better, but the other all over pain always stayed? I’m so tired of being tired, that I just want to scream!! I was just denied Disability again, and it was my last time! So now I am 51 and can’t apply until 65! I am living by getting help from my parents, it wasn’t supposed to be this way? So debilitating, degrading, and disfunctional!!!!! Oh wait, I forgot embarrassing…….. Warrior Out 💜

    • Reply kristine May 16 at 10:32 pm

      Hello Karen! Thank you for sharing your story. So sorry to hear about the disability denial…stinks that so many people who need it are unable to recieve it due to the elusive diagnosing of these ‘Invisible Illnesses’. Hang in there Karen, you are not alone 😉 ♥

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