Are there other health problems that occur more often in people who have fibromyalgia?

Answer From Kevin C. Fleming, M.D.

Yes. Fibromyalgia often coexists with other health problems, so your doctor may also ask if you experience:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Frequent or painful urination
  • Jaw pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

In some cases, these coexisting problems might be connected to how your body processes pain signals. In fibromyalgia, your brain amplifies pain signals, so you feel a higher level of pain than what might be commonly expected for certain types of painful stimuli.


Kevin C. Fleming, M.D.

Sept. 15, 2020