What could be causing my popping joints in Fibromyalgia?

Published: October 29, 2012

I have just purchased your book. I have had Fibro for 30 years. I have started snapping ligaments and tendons, adding more pain. What could cause this?

Many thanks.




Dear Carol,

If by snapping you mean tearing/rupturing, this is not part of FMS. If you mean making snapping/popping noises around the joints, that is usually simply because the muscles are tight, so the tendons attached to them are also pulled tight. Because of this, instead of gliding silently over bony prominences in the joints, they have a little snap as they cross over these, and sometimes make the snapping noise. In these cases, it is no big deal, but should not be causing more pain. So have your doctor check you over, but the benign cause above is the usual cause.


Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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