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Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis

By November 20, 2011 - 1:21pm
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Is there a link some how between the two?? Medically speaking is there studys on this??

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Hi nylonanny,

Thanks for posting! 


Certain stress-related disorders commonly occur with fibromyalgia, and have overlapping symptoms. In fact, some experts believe these disorders so often interact that they may all be part of one general condition.

  • Chemicals and environmental toxins -- exposure to various chemicals and environmental toxins such as solvents, pesticides, or heavy metals (cadmium, mercury, or lead) can cause fatigue, chronic pain, and other symptoms of fibromyalgia.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis -- a common form of arthritis that can coexist with fibromyalgia. The two conditions may be confused, particularly in elderly people. However, osteoarthritis causes joint pain, not widespread or generalized pain.


There are other conditions that interact with fibromyalgia and can be found here: http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/fibromyalgia/conditions-with-similar-symptoms.html

Please let me know if this helps,


November 20, 2011 - 1:38pm
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