You did not knew you have Fibromyalgia or Multiple Sclerosis ?

By: DR Alex Robber

There is so much mystery of fibromyalgia because it affects everyone differently in the world. Fibro symptoms is similar with other diseases. Fibromyalgia is sometimes misdiagnosed as a different problem because its symptoms are commonly found in other diseases.

WHAT EXACTLY IS MS?

MS: Stands for “Multiple Sclerosis”. It involves an immune-mediated process in which abnormal response of the body is directed against the central nervous system. MS Symptoms are commonly similar with the symptoms “Fibromyalgia”, not all of the fibromyalgia symptoms overlap with MS symptoms, but it is difficult to distinguish whether it’s “Fibromyalgia” or “Multiple Sclerosis”.

However, Experts explain that unlike MS, Fibromyalgia does not show up brain lesions on an MRI. MS is distinctly categorized as an auto-immune disease, but fibromyalgia is not. So that is one way to determine whether it is “Fibromyalgia” or “Multiple Sclerosis”.

MS SYMTPOMSFIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS
FatigueFatigue/Exhaustion
Numbness or TinglingNumbness &/or Tingling
WeaknessMuscle Weakness
Dizziness & VertigoDizziness
PainPain
Emotional ChangesAnxiety
Walking (Gait) DifficultiesImpaired Coordination
Spasticity (i.e., muscle stiffness and spasms)Muscular aching, throbbing, & twitching
Vision ProblemsVision Problems
Bladder ProblemsBladder Problems
Bowel ProblemsIrritable Bowel Syndrome
Cognitive ChangesCognitive Problems
DepressionDepression
TremorRestless Leg Syndrome
HeadacheHeadaches/Migraines
Swallowing ProblemsDry Eyes & Mouth
ItchingItching &/or Burning
Sexual ProblemsInsomnia/Poor sleep
Speech ProblemsRinging in the Ears
Breathing ProblemsNeurological Symptoms
SeizuresSkin Sensitivities & Rashes

SO WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?

Fibromyalgia is primarily characterized by chronic and widespread pain. Its symptoms are quite broad. The problem is that fibromyalgia resembles so many other conditions that it’s difficult to nail down a diagnosis. However, some physicians are more inclined to spot it then others.

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HOW MS AND FIBROMYALGIA EVALUATED?

The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that a fibromyalgia diagnosis is comprised of a detailed muscle exam that includes checking for tenderness at specific locations on the body. The symptoms must be present for at least three months. They add that there are no blood, urine or laboratory tests which can provide a conclusive fibromyalgia diagnosis. However, fibro diagnosis also means that no other disorder or condition can explain the symptoms.

HOW YOU KNOW ITS FIBROMYALGIA OR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Diagnosis MS, However, is quite different because it causes several more neurological symptoms than fibromyalgia. It’s right that the similarities between both diseases are common. Patients with MS are usually treated by neurologist. But Also many fibro patients. So only test will define whether it is fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis.

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Dr Alex Robber

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.

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