Is fibromyalgia genetic?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 21, 2016
Grandmax2 asked...

Both my sister and myself have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. As far as I know, there is no one else in the family with this. Is this a genetic thing or just a coincidence that we both have it? Grandmax2

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

There is some evidence that genetics does play a role in fibromyalgia. It can run in families, but we are not sure why. More research is being done in this area as we speak, so we may find out the answer within the next few years.