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Similar Medical Conditions to CFS-Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, FMS, CFS

Many immune disorders overlap in symptoms and can be misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia when it possibly could be Lupus, Lyme disease, or Rheumatory Arthritis. Sufferers for years never understood why their bodies and minds would feel as if they just ran a marathon after completing a simple task like going to work for eight hours.

Though this does not occur everyday, they could not understand why they felt fine and full of energy one minute and the next minute all they wanted to do was sleep. The room would begin to spin, their body would fluctuate between very hot and very cold temperatures, and an uncontrollable tiredness would engulf their body.

The latest research from Dr. St. Amond suggest that Fibromyalgia is not just one symptom plaguing the body but a multiple group of symptoms that filter through the immune system like a cycle. CFS, vertigo, hypoglycemia, brain fog, restless leg, painful muscles and joints, and IBS all are incorporated under Fibromyalgia syndrome.

Epstein Barr virus or mononucleosis also has similar symptoms to these immune disorders. From a blood test, EBV can be diagnosed where CFS/ FMS cannot. The only way to diagnose this depilating disease is by performing blood work for all the possible immunity illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis, testing the joints for myofascial pain, and tracking how long the symptoms have existed. Many sufferers do not get diagnosed for years till they find the right doctor who follows the correct procedures of diagnosing a Fibromyalgia patient or “Fibromite.”

Another similar medical condition that can be confused with FMS is the flu. Under the illness of Fibromyalgia syndrome, any number of symptoms could occur. CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects each person differently. Sometimes the sufferer will have no sign of fatigue for a few days to a few weeks to a few months! Out of nowhere, patients have described the CFS cycle as feeling like a ton of bricks pulling down their bodies; the fatigue sneaks in so quickly that no matter what the sufferer tries to do to stay awake, it doesn’t help. Accompanying the tiredness are body aches, chills, pains, and fever.

Comparing flu symptoms to CFS / FMS symptoms are not very different except the amount of time they linger around the body. The flu is a virus that enters the body and may live for 24 to 48 hours; afterwards the body feels back to normal. With Fibromites, there can be parts of a day when they feel like the flu is coming, then after taking a short rest, their body reenergizes and the flu like symptoms are gone. It can be the opposite where the flu like symptoms can stick around for many days or many years!
Published: 2006-05-05
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