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.

November 29, 2017 - 9:33pm

I have fybromyligia, I think I have autism, my mum had autism undiagnosed but definite. I have four daughters, two definite with autism, and pretty sure the other two are on spectrum too, I have a son who lacks focus, loves computer games and has trouble fitting in, he is the cuddliest boy, so suspecting it's not just effected the females. I might be wrong but I think my fybromyligia is due to me being wired differently and the stress of trying to function in this world sends pain signals through my body when distressed I'm not a psychiatrist or physician. I'm a mum.