Published by Fibromyalgia News Today

Fibromyalgia (FM) commonly occurs alongside rheumatological diseases as well as certain non-rheumatological disorders such as neurological, gastrointestinal, and psychological conditions, a review study found.

The study, “Comorbid fibromyalgia: a qualitative review of prevalence and importance,” was published in the European Journal of Pain.

Fibromyalgia — a disease characterized by chronic widespread body pain — is known to commonly occur with various rheumatological diseases. Although initially considered a unique condition, prevalent in 2-4% of the population, fibromyalgia is now increasingly recognized as coexisting with other rheumatological and non-rheumatological diseases.

Fibromyalgia that accompanies another disease is associated with a less favorable outcome, more severe symptoms, and impaired function. Therefore, if the condition goes undiagnosed in a patient who also has another disease, it can be detrimental because it requires treatment, and unrecognized fibromyalgia may be misinterpreted as poor control of the primary disease, affecting the management of both conditions.