Does depression cause fibromyalgia ?
This is a loaded question, and one that is often asked in an effort to show that fibromyalgia is a psychosomatic, rather than physical, condition. However, most doctors now agree that depression does not cause fibromyalgia, but rather the reverse is true. Although many people with fibromyalgia are depressed, this is most likely the result of malfunctioning neurotransmitter function, isolation, insomnia, physical inactivity, and chronic pain resulting from the disease.
Many people with fibromyalgia are indeed depressed, but studies have not shown them to be any more likely to suffer from depression than people experiencing chronic pain caused by other painful disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis or chronic back pain.