Autism/Asperger's and Fibromyalgia

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I'm an assistant psychologist and in the practice where I work we have begun to notice a pattern  of people, more often women, who have an ASD and either they or another family member in their direct line (e.g. grandparent, child) also has an ASD, and Fibromyalgia. I started doing some research about a possible link, and while there is precious little published work, there seem to be many people experiencing both in their family line. Some research suggests that it may be that both are related to particular genetic differences, like Fragile X syndrome.

Has anyone else noticed this link? Does anyone have both in their family?

Edited on February 23, 2017 - 9:10am


September 21, 2017 - 4:53pm

Until the NHS starts doing genetic testing (which it won't due to wanting to avoid costs) on people with ASD the link will continue to be ignored.  There is a mass of information out there about the link between ASD and EDS.  Some research evidence and a wealth of anecdotal evidence.