EDS and Fibromyalgia – What is the connection?

Oct 1 8:00am | Samantha Campbell | @samanthacmaa | Comments (4)

We are seeing a high percentage of patients with EDS and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder who also have Fibromyalgia.  We are studying the question of why?

They are not the same disorder but they seem to travel together.

Many patients with hypermobility describe chronic generalized pain and fatigue.

Fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of Central Sensitization which describes changes in the central and peripheral nervous system that increase sensitivity to painful and nonpainful stimuli.  The injuries often observed in patients with hypermobility set the stage for painful joints.  Central sensitization is thought to amplify this pain in addition to creating fatigue, nonrestorative sleep, and brain fog.

There are effective strategies for turning down central sensitization which result in decreasing chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and brain fog.

Author: Barbara Bruce, Ph.D., L.P.

Listen to Dr. Barbara Bruce discuss Fibromyalgia: Strategies to Help.

My input to fibromyalgia is:. Suffered long time. After hip replacement, no more fibromyalgia.


Interesting! I had horrible fatigue, leg and feet pain, muscle tightness, tingling, “brain fog”, inability to pay attention and yes depression that mostly resolved after spine surgeries.


I have fibro and osteoarthritis. Can you tell me what EDs and hyper mobility is. Thank you.


I have fibro and osteoarthritis. Can you tell me what EDs and hyper mobility is. Thank you.

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EDS stands for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of inherited disorders that affect your connective tissues — primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Read more on Mayo Clinic about EDS here:

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