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Fibromyalgia and MS
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Cynthia - April 4

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and MD?

 

david - March 28

I presume you meant MS in your question if so the answer is clear if you suffer from MS and your doctor has diagnosed you then you will probably be entitled to many benefits including insurance (if you have it) however if you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia you may find it very difficult to claim any benefits as it is a very misunderstood illness in the medical world oh the answer to your question there may be no difference yet and maybe one day we will be told this. I hope that answers your question.

 

louise - March 29

My daughter has ms , she has to have a MRI & MRA once a year to monitor the activity .on the films , it look's like their are very large stars on her brain. with fibro , nothing shows up. - the symptoms are simular but like David says , not many doctors believe in fibro so finding one who does is difficult , therefore recieving treatment is difficult.

 

JJ - March 29

Are you asking for the difference in the diseases or the difference in the symptoms? You can find a good list of MS symptoms here: http://www.mult-sclerosis
.org/mssymptoms.html

M
S
is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord.

I am not a medical professional, but I don't think FMS is categorized as a "disease". It is more of a syndrome characterized by chronic pain such as widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Both MS and FMS have some similarity in symptoms, but you could say the same about hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and a number of other disorders and diseases.

 

Jean - April 1

In Fibromyalgia you do not lose control over your muscles permenantly. In MS you lose control permanently.

 

JJay - April 4

Easy: MS can be diagnosed with an MRI and spinal tap because of physical changes (or at least, physical changes that can be seen with current technology). Fibro cannot with what we know in this day and age.

 

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