Did you know that siblings, children, and parents of someone with fibromyalgia are eight times more likely to get fibromyalgia than those families who don’t exhibit the disorder. It could be the result of a genetic tendency that is passed from mother to daughter. There may also be a hormonal component, which could explain why more women than men are affected.
The genetic tendency can be triggered by a traumatic event, such as:
a car accident
an extended hospital stay
a viral infection
A stressful event such as:
a death in the family
being in an abusive relationship
They will not necessarily result in someone getting fibromyalgia, but if you are predisposed, an event such as these, can trigger it.
Although my own symptoms began many years ago, they dramatically increased after the death of my father. Although there is not a specific gene, such as one for cystic fibrosis, there can be multiple genetic components that will predispose one to the disorder, given the right set of circumstances.
According to researchers fibromyalgia is 50% genetic and 50% environmental. In my immediate family, I have 2 daughters that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. One daughter was 16 and one was 22, although both showed symptoms for years. I was in my mid 50’s when I was diagnosed, but I’ve had worsening symptoms for years. My sister doesn’t have it, but one of her daughters does. Does it run in your family? I’m curious to know why it seems to be passed down to daughters.
According to an article on www.womens-health-advice.com:
“Four different gene variants are strongly associated with the condition. Some of the genes play a role in the nervous system’s response to pain and pressure. Others are the same genes associated with depression which is why certain anti-depression medications help to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Even if you are not depressed, you may be prescribed antidepressants as part of your fibromyalgia treatment plan..
.Although there are links between certain genes and fibromyalgia, a specific gene has not been identified. In other words, it’s still too soon to for genetic testing or screening to be of any use.”
I’m hopeful in the future that there will genetic testing available for FMS. I believe they are close to developing a blood test that can confirm a positive diagnosis.
Although there is an increased risk of our children getting fibromyalgia, it is not a by any means a forgone conclusion.