A common question regarding fibromyalgia is whether it is an autoimmune disease or not. Many books and websites claim that fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease, but they are incorrect. Answer: Fibromyalgia is not currently classified as an autoimmune disease.
Since fibromyalgia at one point was considered to be an arthritis-related disorder, and arthritis is an autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia was lumped in as an autoimmune disorder. Researchers have not yet established autoimmunity in fibromyalgia.
In an autoimmune disorder, your immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue or structures in your body. The immune system has misidentified healthy parts of the body as an invader.
The immune system then produces highly specialized antibodies that attempt to destroy the offending tissue. The result is inflammation and damage at the particular site of attack.
Unfortunately, given the mysterious origins of fibromyalgia, there is a lot of loose speculation concerning its genuine causes.
And it is still too early to rule out any possibilities, including autoimmunity. Medical scientists do suspect that the new system and the fibromyalgia patients is irregular.
Interestingly, there is a profound overlap between certain autoimmune disorders and fibromyalgia that may indicate that autoimmunity is a considerable risk factor for the development of fibromyalgia.
Some of these overlapping conditions are:
As medical science continues to unravel the true origins of fibromyalgia, we may discover that autoimmunity does play a more significant role than we currently believe.
Or perhaps, we will discover that it plays none at all. The current thinking regarding its origination is that hormonal irregularities as well as irregular neurotransmitter and enzyme behavior are responsible for fibromyalgia symptoms.