Related Conditions that Overlap with Fibromyalgia

When people suffer from fibromyalgia, they also often suffer from a number of other medical issues which develop alongside this disorder. There are many conditions which go hand in hand with fibromyalgia and these other issues can make it even more difficult to deal with the disease. It can also be challenging to determine which symptoms are part of the disease and which are symptoms of fibromyalgia.


Medical researchers have not yet determined how these other symptoms or conditions develop or how they are related to fibromyalgia. However, it is important to manage the other conditions and listen to the advice of your doctor so that you can treat these conditions.

Here are a few of the other overlapping issues that people with fibromyalgia can develop:

Sleep Problems

For many people who suffer from fibromyalgia, falling asleep can be a challenge. They will struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep and experiencing a deep and restful sleep. The lack of sleep, of course, will contribute to the exhaustion and pain and will make the condition even worse. It is very difficult to cope with fibromyalgia pain after a night of bad sleep. Also, fibromyalgia sufferers will also experience sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.

If you are experiencing lack of sleep and difficult getting and staying to sleep, it is important to talk to your doctor about this.

Digestive Problems

Many fibromyalgia patents also suffer from nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, gas or bloating. This is because irritable bowel syndrome usually comes hand in hand with fibromyalgia. Some research suggests that fibromyalgia can result in an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. This could be a cause of the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome. These symptoms are also important to speak to your doctor about.


Many fibromyalgia sufferers also experience chronic tension headaches and migraines along with their disease. This is usually caused by the pain and tension within the neck, shoulders and upper back that is associated with fibromyalgia. These headaches can be very painful and can last for a long time.

However, the good thing is that these headaches can often be treated and managed. They might even be able to be prevented if you can discover what triggers them. Your doctor can find pain relief options that will help to manage the muscle pain, which will help with the headaches as well.

Mental Fog

If you are having trouble concentrating or remembering new information, this is also a condition that can go along with fibromyalgia. It is often referred to as “fibro fog” because it feels like your brain is in a thick fog. Sometimes this is exacerbated by fatigue or lack of sleep. Also, the distraction of the chronic pain makes it difficult to remember things and focus on the task at hand.

Doctors have been trying to come up with a treatment for this mental fog which will help fibromyalgia sufferers. There are many different studies that have focused on the power of cognitive-behavioural therapy which will help to improve cognitive function. If you are experiencing this, talk to your doctor about it and other fibromyalgia treatment options which can help to keep your mind sharp and clear.


It is common for fibromyalgia sufferers to also experience depression. This disorder causes continuous pain and fatigue, which can really bring down your mood. The chronic pain can lead to clinical depression and anxiety, which are two mood disorders that are often seen in patients with fibromyalgia. If you are feeling sad, hopeless, overwhelmed or fearful about your situation and the disorder, it is important to speak to your doctor. Sometimes fibromyalgia patients need to start taking anti-depressants which will help them to reduce their symptoms of depression. There are many options other than medication as well, if that doesn’t work for you.

Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to deal with on its own, but these overlapping conditions can make it even more of a struggle. If you are suffering from any of these other issues, make sure that you find out about the options for treatment, pain management and injury relief that can help so that you can relieve your pain and discomfort.

About the author:
Robert Carson is a freelance writer and blogger. He has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and he also sometimes suffers from headaches and sleep problems.

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