Fibromyalgia and Depression

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • For many years the medical community tried to link fibromyalgia and depression.  And despite evidence to the contrary, some in the psychological arena still insist on believing that fibromyalgia is caused by - or at least strongly linked to - depression.  The fact is, depression is no more prevalan...

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Published On: May 05, 2010
7 Comments
  • Cort
    Health Guide
    May. 06, 2010

    great article! Nice to have that spelled out so clearly. :)

  • terra
    May. 10, 2010

    Clearly a strong case can be made whether or not depression is comorbid or a symptom, In support of her stance of comorbitity, your expert neglected to mention a significant piece of data:  In many valid and reliable studies published in well-respected journals, depression has been undeniably linked to chronic pain disorders.  On the other hand...

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    Clearly a strong case can be made whether or not depression is comorbid or a symptom, In support of her stance of comorbitity, your expert neglected to mention a significant piece of data:  In many valid and reliable studies published in well-respected journals, depression has been undeniably linked to chronic pain disorders.  On the other hand as a symptom of fibro, she points out specific depression-related chemicals that are affected by fibro.  

     

    In the last decade many studies are pointing to central nervous system (essentially the brain) chemical and structural differences in fibro patients from the general population.  Many still need to be replicated, but if we extrapolate - it suggests more chemical (particularly hormonal) differences affecting mood.

     

    In any event, I agree - if you're depressed, get help.  Support groups and/or meditation help some people too.

  • Anonymous
    wanttomakeadiff...
    May. 07, 2010

    I do think that many people who suffer from fibromyalgia are misunderstood and get very frustrated and down because its more mysterious than heart disease and diabetes. I'm surrounded by practitioners who don't believe its real. Chronic pain is depressing and tiring.

    • beanie
      May. 08, 2010

      i'm taking the whole day to "rest" and go out tonite to a gala event....i'm going for my wife and because i have to maintain some level of a life...i've been in chronic pain for 20  years from a botched cervical fusion followed by three additional fusion (and wiring)surgeries C-5 thru C-7 and every day is torture....i have to hope that i will get a good...

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      i'm taking the whole day to "rest" and go out tonite to a gala event....i'm going for my wife and because i have to maintain some level of a life...i've been in chronic pain for 20  years from a botched cervical fusion followed by three additional fusion (and wiring)surgeries C-5 thru C-7 and every day is torture....i have to hope that i will get a good equalibrium and my meds kick in to get me thru...it is all very tiring but i make myself go to a fitness center every day and work out for about 1 1/2 hours...it serves as a diversion and i do enjoy the side effect of the endorphines...i really do want to go to everything but when the time to go arrives it takes everything in me to do it...it is tiring!!!

      beanie

    • Carol
      May. 09, 2010

      I'm sure she will appreciate it. Good luck.

    • Carol
      May. 09, 2010

      I need to add to this post, that earlier this week I was extremely depressed and in retrospect my pain did nto fluctuate at all.  So it makes me believe fibro is not just a case of depression.

  • Lara
    May. 05, 2010

    Just to say I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome plus a long standing depression and anxiety disorder. I want to say thank you for the article it is well said. Yes those that suffer with Fibro and/or also CFS/ME that find themselves additionally suffering with depression (and/or anxiety problems) should seek medical advice and some counselling...

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    Just to say I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome plus a long standing depression and anxiety disorder. I want to say thank you for the article it is well said. Yes those that suffer with Fibro and/or also CFS/ME that find themselves additionally suffering with depression (and/or anxiety problems) should seek medical advice and some counselling or other talking therapy. I have had counselling in the past and it has been very helpful. Medication is useful too - I have been taking anti-depressants (different ones) for about twenty years and have had D&A for approx twenty-six years. Also some complimentary therapies can be helpful for depression and anxiety problems. I have found personally or have heard from others that Reiki, Reflexology and Body Spin (another energy healing technique) have all helped. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking treatment/therapy that is meant to be extremely effective in depression and/or anxiety sufferers.

    If anyone wishes to discuss this, they are welcome to do so.