What's the difference between CFS and Fibromyalgia?
Let's talk about the similarities first!
From EmpowHer's own Encyclopedia:
Symptoms of CFS include:
■Unexplained, new onset, persistent fatigue that is not relieved with bed rest and often worsens with physical or mental activity
■Muscle aches over six months
■Joint pain without swelling or redness over six months
■Headaches over six months
■Trouble with short-term memory or concentration
■Forgetfulness or confusion
■Irritability, anxiety , panic attacks, mood swings, or depression
■Sore throat over six months
■Tender lymph nodes over six months
■Trouble sleeping or not feeling refreshed after sleep over six months
■Prolonged fatigue lasting 24 hours or more after exercise
■Visual disturbances: eyes sensitive to light, blurring, pain
■Reduced activities (social, job-related, educational, and personal)
■Dizziness, balance problems, or fainting
■Chills and night sweats
■Allergies or sensitivities to foods , chemicals, odors, medications, or noise
■Generalized fatigue or tiredness
■Reduced physical endurance
■Generalized aches and pains of muscles, tendons, and ligaments
■Muscle tightening or spasms
■Pain in specific areas of the body, especially:
◦Back (upper and lower)
◦Hips and thighs
■Insomnia or poor sleep
■Sensations of numbness or swelling (although swelling is not actually present)
■Chronic headaches, including migraines
■Morning stiffness, worst on first arising
Factors that may trigger or worsen symptoms include:
■Weather changes, especially cold, damp weather
■Stress or anxiety
So as we can see, some very striking similarities. In fact, it's not uncommon for people to be diagnosed with both.
However, the emphasis on treatment of Fibro is often pain management while the treatment of CFS tend to be managing such extreme fatigue.
To those of us with CFS - do you see similarities to Fibro in your case? Do you think that pain management and extreme fatigue management being the two main treatment differences warrant the diagnosis of one, rather than the other?
Do you think these two conditions should be combined under one umbrella, or do you believe the differences are enough to need different diagnosis?
To those of us with CFS - do you believe that you may also have Fibro?