Is it possible to inherit fibro due to genetic nerve disorders?

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   Posted 7/17/2008 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
     I was always a shaky child.  I remember asking my dad one time if I inherited my shakyness from him.  I was about 6 or so when I asked him.  He said I might have.  He told me not to worry about it because he shakes, and his father shook.  I am a little nervous now.  I may have passed a nerve disorder on to my son.  Several people have noticed that he shakes when he is excited, nervous, or over stimulated in any way.  I have not taken him in for it yet, because he shows no signs of pain or discomfort in the targeted areas, and he is only 6years old, so I do not want to subject him to unneccessary testing.  He is a 4th generation shaker.  I have fibromyagia, my father has Guillian Berette Syndrome, and his father died from complications from Parkinson's Disease.  I really worry about my son, because I also have Crohn's Disease.  My Grandmother on my mother's side had Polymyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, and died from stomach cancer.  My mother's father also had Crohn's Disease. My mother died from Breast Cancer when I was 12.  We decided to not have anymore children.  As I sit here awake AGAIN, I think of these things more and more.  I try not to, but that is where my mind takes me.  I really don't wish this on anyone especially on those I whom love and am supposed to protect from harm.  I fear I am genetically passing on this harm, and although I know I am not at fault,  I still feel responsible. I may get that guilt from my dad too.  He was really upset when I told him I have Crohn's disease.  He thought he gave it to me, but then I reminded him that my mom's dad had it.  I know he didn't mean to, but I heard the sigh of relief before he continued in our conversation.  (I had to tell him over the phone because I live in a different city and I wanted him to hear it from me, not anyone else.)  Does anyone have an idea if the nervous system could have a genetic malfunction that could result in some sort of nerve related disorders?  I am afraid to ask my doctors because they have been known to pass off my thoughts as over reacting and depression.  Thank you.  

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   Posted 7/17/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a very interesting topic you've brought up.  I think that fibro is inherited.  Honestly, I don't know if it has anything to do with genetic nerve disorders, but I really think that fibro is "all relative."  A lot of my family has suffered with depression and fibro like symptoms.  Of course, they were never officially dxd, since no one really understood fibro way back then.
Strangely enough, I was dxd because my sister told me that she had fibro.  When she described the symptoms, it was like she was describing exactly what I was feeling.  LOL-we never had anything in common while growing up, so this was a weird thing we could share.  Anyway, I'd had these symptoms since I was at least 15 years old, and I was the kid who was written off as the depressed, crazy one. eyes
So, yeah, I have rambled again-sorry.  I think my point was that yes, I think fibro is genetic.  LOL-I suppose I could have just said that, but then again, rambling is my specialty! tongue

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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have family members with fibro and Crohn's and I also have both.  There is probably some truth to inheritance of these problems.
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   Posted 7/17/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   

I have had FMS since I was a baby, a lot of the symptoms run in my family, I am the only one dx. As a child, when I would say this hurt or that was a prob, my mother would say 'Everyone has that pain or prob' I assumed the whole world had this same feeling, and we ALL felt lousy. My mother was very upset when I was dx w/ FMS, like I was over reacting, it didn't come from her or her family. I was not blaming her or any of the family. I know no one 'did' anything intentionally. When we were pregnant w/ our second son my DH was dx w/ diabetes. At first we were told type 2, yr later, type 1. When our son was born, we decided we wouldn't have anymore birth children it wouldn't be fair to knowingly pass on something to our children, but I can't get mad at myself or my DH about our boys. I pray for my three children every day that they have good health and I'm so grateful for each of them being here.

We never know when we will have good news about any illness, hooray a cure is found! I pray that so many answers are coming soon for so many illnesses. Hopefully, all our children will be blessed w/ good health.

Re your drs. if they are dismissive or call all your inquiries depression, perhaps it would be better to see a dr. who understands what is going on. You need to be taken seriously, you have valid concerns.   Hope you have a good day.   God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your insight to this theory. My father suffers from untreated depression. Just like everything else in his life, he just lives with it.
No one told me my grandfather was suffering with Parkinson's disease until the year his health decreased rapidly after a new dr decided to stop the medication that had been workingg for him for over 20 yrs. (VA thing) They had to comply with the hospital because my grandparents had nothing left to pay for bills outside the VA help. The new medication killed him, but we can not prove it.

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   Posted 7/18/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe that FM is genetic. My mother, who died six years ago, had so many of the symptoms of FM. I had no idea at the time fibro even existed and was insulted when she came over to visit and would then fall asleep on our couch from fatigue. She also seemed to be in another world most of the time. She was very young when she past away from a heart attack; she was just 60. I miss my mother very much and live with so much remorse for my intolerance of the situation. If she were alive today, I would incourage her to seek help and maybe get her a blanket when she fell asleep on my couch. I also worry that my youngest daughter may have fibro, she has a lot of unexplained pain; nothing severe but it does seem to aggravate her. She also gets the headaches like I do. I hope I am wrong but if I'm not I will be there for her.


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   Posted 7/18/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Teenatoon and welcome to our family. I have passed depression and anxiety gene to my middle son. I didn't know all I know now about my family history and that it was genetic when I had my sons. Yes, I feel bad that he will deal with this all his life but he has two sons and he knew that it was genetic before having his sons.
I have been the first one in my family dxd with fibro. My mother may have had it to a lighter degree. Sadly, my mother and I were not as close as we should have been and she didn't share much with me. I know she had aches and pains but she never described the kind of pain or fatigue that I have.
I have told my three sons fibro can be inherited. I don't know what the chances are of sons inheriting it.
Don't be so hard on yourself. Any time you have a child there are so many different things that can go wrong.
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