Associate Conditions of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia has often been called the "great imitator" because so many of its symptoms mimic those of other disorders. As a result, it can often be difficult to receive a proper diagnosis of fibromyalgia. However, there are subtle differences between many of the illnesses and FMS. Learning more about each of these disorders can help you figure out just how fibromyalgia is distinct from them.

Common disorders that fibromyalgia is often mistaken for include:

Get More Information On Fibromyalgia Associated Conditions
  • Lyme disease
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
  • Cervical spinal stenosis

People with fibromyalgia are also at greater risk of developing a number of other disorders, many of which can exacerbate your current fibromyalgia symptoms, or are linked to certain conditions, which may lead to fertility problems. Illnesses, diseases and conditions that fall into this category include:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Endometriosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Crohn's disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Anemia
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • GERD
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Yeast Infections
  • Bruxism
  • Low Cytokine Levels
  • Hypoglycemia
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Nervous System
    • Sexuality
  • FMS can also affect the way your body functions. It can also impact your libido, which in turn affects sexual intimacy. This site also explains why FMS affects your sexual desire and gives you tips to improve sexual intimacy in your relationship.

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I am a 64 year old male Armed Forces Veteran. I was sexually abused for 2+ years as a 16-18 yr old Air Force Trainee...this is now a matter of record and large police investigation. I have, this morning been given a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia (after 18 years of misdiagnosed 'arthritis')...I also have Service related PTSD for 30+ years and a year ago IBS.....I want to find people who are researching the Fibro/sexual abuse link.
aemling381 There are two other option that you could try besides Lyrica. One is Gabapentin (generic Neurontin) and and the second is Savella. Lyrica is the most expensive of the 3 so that could be why it gets denied. Savella has worked well for me in the past when I had insurance but now that I don't currently have it I take Gabapentin 3 times a day. It is fairly inexpensive compared to the others and your insurance should cover it. If they won't, you can get it at Walmart pharmacy. I pay around $27 for what my dosage is at currently. I hope this was some sort of help for you. Best wishes.
Hi I am new to this site after suffering from IBS degeneratibe disc disease TMJ restless legs painful hips,legs and arms I habe finally been referred to a Fibromyalgia specialist I have suffered dizziness and paranthesis in my face and poor concentration for a lon time was wondering how long does a diagnosis actually take ?
Aemling, I have gotten quite a bit of relief with venlafaxine, generic Effexor, which my state coverage does approve. It doesn't solve everything, but when I forget to take it or have one of my migraines and can't keep it down, my body feels like it's been run over by a bus and I remember how bad it was before the medication. I also get a lot foggier. Have you tried it?
julia van schalkwyk
I am a female, a non-secretor, 53 years old and have been diagnosed with ebv for the last 3 - 4 years (the last 9 months acute). I have never been to a dr for fibryomalgia test. Do they do some kind of test then? I have an over-active bladder, had 3 unsuccessfull operations, and waiting for the 4th one. I have been diagnosed with fatty liver and a couple of benign hemangiomas about 7 months ago, confirmed through a MR scan. For the last 2 months I am experiencing a knee pain, and occasional heel pains (they come and go). I visited a chiro 7 months ago for shoulder pain, which had been "shown" as ear infection (referred pain), and apparrently my one leg was also shorter. The knee pain started to show after a scrambler trip on a rough road, and I didn't think it to be related to anything else. But, why the heel pain as well as the knee pain. The heel pain is now more often than it used to be, and i tried to dr it with alkafizz or lemon water, or malic acid. Can you reflect a bit on the acute ebv, uric acid and the role (chicken, egg?) and the relationship between ebv, uric acid, fibryomalgia. I am absolutely fed up with myself and this so-called wall that some kind of sickness (low immunity, uric acid (always, even if i try to alkalize through diet, i have my own veg garden) - i used to be an extremely hard working (physically) person, but now I find myself to be a lazy bum. I am always reading on research, trying to be on top of "healthy" ways to heal, taking supplements for my liver, like selenium, folic acid, tmg etc., and to stay away from schedule 1 medicine, which tend to aggravate my liver and my t-cells and b-cells. Please, can I have an objective opinion on this debilitating "condition", which is driving me mad sometimes. I follow a bio-reset, electrolyte, anti-viral and pro-biotic protocol, which helps, but since I am a non-secretor, and sensitive to a lot of things, even "dead" water like reversed osmosis, shelf water or rain water can throw my magnesium levels out. I still don't know if the heel pain (both heels) is related to low magnesium. I am desperate in getting answers here, since the gp's don't know.