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Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis share common traits, and diagnosing them is a difficult task in itself. There were, and still are cases when doctors have a hard time differentiating the both, especially if they are not familiar with either one of them. There are also cases when the fibromyalgia diagnosis precedes the MS diagnosis with a couple of years. Even if there are many similarities there are clear differences between the two.

  


First of all, MS is degenerative, and is easily detectable by MRIs and other tests. The damage in MS comes from the demylination caused by the body’s own immune system.


When it comes to Fibromyalgia, there are symptoms similar to MS like pain and others, but the real damage comes from the pain that is debilitating and leads to lack of activity and depression (depression is also a common MS symptom).


Both Fibromyalgia and MS run in the same families, which is another reason for misdiagnosis. However, there are tests that clearly show MS damage and if there is no damage in the brain, then most likely the disease if Fibromyalgia.

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0 # r stewart 2011-06-18 03:39
I hv gone for tests for MS (after deaf in one ear and tingling down side of face) but not lumbar puncture. I do not feel I hv MS. I hv painful nerves in feet and legs loose bal. easily, drop things easily and always very tired. started 1989 dtrs diagnsd Peripheral Neuropathy as in very stressful situation at time. I am now in mid 60's and symptoms worsnd dramatically after bunion operation (6 yrs ago) (did not get other foot done bec.of this)I do not have "relapses" "spasicity" etc. At present take Gabapenin(100mg x 3) but feel makes no difference. Wld u say I have MS or Fybromyalgia any advice appreciated. Thank you.
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-2 # jacquie yule 2011-09-13 19:53
Have to say that having read your intial coments I will comment on ourselves. My husband has been diagnosed with ms relaspse remitting and i have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Whilst I appreciate what my husband has to go through when he has a relapse, (complete loss of sight or as another episode loss of use of his left foot, leg and hand), I have continual pain from various parts of my body. I can only assume from our episodes that his are chronic when they occur ( has had two relapses within 2 years)although he has had to deal with fatigue every day but I have had to deal with both pain reocurring monthly sometimes weekly in various parts on my body some to make me uncomfortable and some to make me cry with the pain. I also suffer from fatigue which is why I think it is confusing. hope this helps if not contact me privately and I will send you my phone number to speak personally.
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+2 # Alisha Henderson 2011-09-15 07:17
I am so frustrated with what is going on with me and around me. I am only 40 yrs old and have been fighting with Fibromyalgia for 5 years. I meet so many people who think they have this disease as well and I am at a loss for words and saddened by what I have been through and what everyone around me has to suffer through with this hopeless diagnosis. After years of personal research, fights with doctors and multiple, repetitive and sometimes painful testing I believe I have discovered something that makes sense. The facts are it is an autoimmune response, and it may be connected to food SENSITIVITIES (IgG test) (not allergies- research the difference) that also stimulate latent viral issues(past history of chickenpox, mono, herpes, shingles) who knows; all I know is i am not quitting!!! Everyday my body is on fire, and a good day I can do some dishes. Here is my current lead for ridding myself of this horrific pain: http://www.sagemedlab.com/ Good Luck and God bless
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-2 # Alisha Henderson 2011-09-15 07:17
I am so frustrated with what is going on with me and around me. I am only 40 yrs old and have been fighting with Fibromyalgia for 5 years. I meet so many people who think they have this disease as well and I am at a loss for words and saddened by what I have been through and what everyone around me has to suffer through with this hopeless diagnosis. After years of personal research, fights with doctors and multiple, repetitive and sometimes painful testing I believe I have discovered something that makes sense. The facts are it is an autoimmune response, and it may be connected to food SENSITIVITIES (IgG test) (not allergies- research the difference) that also stimulate latent viral issues(past history of chickenpox, mono, herpes, shingles) who knows; all I know is i am not quitting!!! Everyday my body is on fire, and a good day I can do some dishes. Here is my current lead for ridding myself of this horrific pain: http://www.sagemedlab.com/ Good Luck and God bless
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-1 # Alisha Henderson 2011-09-15 07:17
I am so frustrated with what is going on with me and around me. I am only 40 yrs old and have been fighting with Fibromyalgia for 5 years. I meet so many people who think they have this disease as well and I am at a loss for words and saddened by what I have been through and what everyone around me has to suffer through with this hopeless diagnosis. After years of personal research, fights with doctors and multiple, repetitive and sometimes painful testing I believe I have discovered something that makes sense. The facts are it is an autoimmune response, and it may be connected to food SENSITIVITIES (IgG test) (not allergies- research the difference) that also stimulate latent viral issues(past history of chickenpox, mono, herpes, shingles) who knows; all I know is i am not quitting!!! Everyday my body is on fire, and a good day I can do some dishes. Here is my current lead for ridding myself of this horrific pain: http://www.sagemedlab.com/ Good Luck and God bless
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0 # Pam Haas 2012-12-04 21:10
I have Fibromyalia and I went to the Mayo clinic in Florida for tests and they think that I have MS. I want to know how they interact with each other. How they are treated with medications together or seperate. I am not familar with MS in any way. I have been in aganizing pain formany years and recently had surgery on my neck thinking it would get rid of my migraine that make me bed ridden doe days at a time. It did not work. If I can get any information on this matter I would appreciate it. Thank you Pamela Haas
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0 # James 2013-03-07 21:13
I am married to a woman who was diagnosed in her 30s with fibromyalgia.Her younger brother was diagnosed in his 20s with MS, which has left him only one step out of 24 hour care. Now in his 50s her older brother has just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. First is there any actuel studies comparing/contrasting Fibro/MS? Second are there any studies looking at genetic data on cases such as this?
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