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Whats the relation of CFS and FMS?
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Noca - February 25

Whats the relation of CFS and FMS?

 

kvc33 - February 26

75% of people with CFS also have fibromyalgia (muscle and tendon pain). The symptoms of the two syndromes are basically identical except that a person with a primary diagnosis of CFS has exhaustion as their chief (worst) symptom, whereas a person with fibromyalgia has pain as their chief symptom. Many people with fibro are able to work while most with CFS are not. I have both, lucky me.

 

Noca - February 26

I think I may have both as well. I see my pain specialist on the 1st of March, and I'll be asking for a diagnostic test.

 

Canada17 - February 26

They are very similar but so are FMS and Lupus.

They don't always go hand-in-hand. There are theories that one can cause the other. But, they aren't sure. Big surprise.

Not everyone with CFS will have FMS and vice versa, just as with all the other Fibromyalgia "associated conditions". So, CFS and FMS are as related as FMS and any other chronic condition.

The only sure thing about FMS is that there are no "typical" cases. It's kind of like pregnancy; every pregnancy is different, even second and third, etc., pregnancies in the same woman. So it is difficult to determine just how related FMS is to any condition, including CFS.

 

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