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Strep throat connection

Thank you! To you as well! I have also been wondering about a physioimmunology connection as so many have had some sort of major or multiple emotional stressors prior to diagnosis coupled with the strep/pleurisy illness. Any thoughts? All my best thoughts to you and yours and good luck!

I had strep throat at 30, diagnosed with fibro at 31 ( I had other issues like endometriosis, which is considered a sister disease to fibro… Meaning a large percentage of women with Endo end up with fibro).
Never had pleurisy.
Female. 42

Thanks, Nannyfor3 for sharing this info.

I wish you a peaceful pain free day🙂

No to your two questions. female. 75 and had fibro 40 years. diagnosed right away.
Add this to your research…went back to college at age 35 and there was an outbreak of red measles. We had to have doctor note that we got the vaccine before we could re-enter class. I got the shot, was sick 3 days, and 4 months later had fibro. Dr. diagnosed me before they ever invented the 11 trigger points. I KNOW the vaccine gave me the disease. I have never had any childhood disease and have never had a flu shot. Good luck with your study.

I’ve had strep throat too many times to count. No pleurisy. Female. 55.

Carolyn thank you so much for this information.

All the best to you!

I am a 73 year old male who had Scarlet Fever in 1955. In those days there was no medication and the house was quarantined. So you just sweated it out.

you should look into epigenetics I believe I have had fibro since birth and I know my daughter was born with it as I had preeclampsia and close to a stroke, I think after all I’ve studied in last 8 years since my diagnosis (after 30 yrs of complaining to drs) it has a connection to HSV and definitely its an inflammatory connection as after my total hysterectomy for endometriosis I started having so many flares and needed to take hormones now its my thyroid (hashimoto) I’ve had strep more times then I can count, sinus infections& surgery , seen every specialist, taken every drug made so my next course will be a dna test then to an epenigentist to read it and put me on a path to heal. good luck to you all :four_leaf_clover:

I’m a female, my age is 61. I had strep throat a lot as a child and young teen, with high fevers. My pediatrician always told my mother that the next time I get strep throat he would remove my tonsils. And the next time I had strep he would say the same thing. Needless to say, I never had my tonsils removed. The last time I had strep was in my 20’s and I had it really bad.
Good luck with your research!

Hi @N8trluvr! While there is a connection between fibromyalgia and any of a number of stressors (look here) it seems as though strep in particular would not be a cause. If strep throat were a cause of fibromyalgia as opposed to a trigger, wouldn’t fibromyalgia typically occur earlier in life? There may well be an association for some, and it may be the stress on the body that ultimately triggered fibromyalgia, but it doesn’t cause fms.


Thanks Lori4, for sharing that info. I’m more and more convinced of the strep connection!

Be well,


Ever since I’ve been diagnosed with fm (2/19), I‘ve not had strep, but one really bad sore throat after another. I have one really bad one right now. I went to urgent care over the weekend, thinking for sure it was strep, but it’s not. I’ve never had this many bad sore throats!!

Wow… I’m sorry to hear it.

Thank you for weighing in on this topic, and I wish you better health and an end to the sore throats!!

  1. Yes, many positive Strep throat diagnoses from childhood through 1 month before major symptoms began.
  2. One time, 3 months before major symptoms
  3. Female

Thank you, NormaTeresa. The number of persons who have responded “yes” continues to grow… and more female than male. However; I believe stats show that more females than males in general are affected by fibromyalgia.

Appreciate your weighing in. My goal is to eventually have enough anecdotal evidence to support a legit study of this link; so that new approaches in treatment might be found.

All the best,


I understand the “whole research thing,” I do it myself. 1.) lots of sore throat, not sure it was strep. 2.) no. 3.) female (56).

Now can you answer mine? 1.) Did you ever suffer from a head injury? 2.) Did you ever suffer from a spinal injury? 3.) Do you have any gut issues?

Thanks, Julie!

No to head injury, I have multi level disc damage from cervical spine to sacral spine and I did have diverticulitis once with residual gut issues but that resolved with diet change.

Hope that helps.

Happy Thanksgiving to u and yours!

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I have diverticulitis, too. Can I ask what type of diet changes you made? I’ve had it three times this year and now I’m being referred to a surgeon.

I will answer this one: 1) yes, several concussions 2) one whiplash 3) no gut issues until diagnosis – intermittent constipation and diarrhea.

Well first let me say it’s important to get your colonoscopy done! You probably know that…

So at first I reduced my meat intake, especially red meat. Then, I bought a Nutribullet to make it easier to make my diet 70%plant based.(&30% protein) I studied foods that were beneficial for reducing inflammation (cherries, pineapple, turmeric celery juice, to name a few) and made sure they get in the blender each day. Then, after another bout of gut issues I cut out gluten. That was tough but it’s made a big difference! I also began taking probiotics -from food, not pills, so… kefir goes in the blender daily, and I eat more pickles, sauerkraut, etc, for their natural probiotic qualities.

I avoid sugar… not always easy but it quickly reminds me WHY I should when I do indulge. I feel awful for awhile, and it definitely can trigger fibro flares for me.

If u try one thing I’d get rid of sugar first.

I hope some of this will be useful for you! And good luck with the surgeon consult!

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