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how does a doctor decide whether a patient has fibromyalgia or ms?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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By evaluation : Fibro is diagnosed by history and physical exam with the classic tender points. Ms is evaluated by history, physical, MRI and lumbar puncture if necessary. Hope this answers the question. Best wishes.
Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
MRI appearance of MS is very unusual and is diagnostic. No MRI abnormalities in fibromyalgia. Sleep study is often highly abnormal in fibromyalgia.
Oct 19, 2013
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Straightforwards: MS results in numbness, weakness, loss of vision, incoordination, imbalance, fatigue, cognitive changes, urinary control issues, and in most cases, fluctuating issues in a relapsing/remitting pattern. Fibromyalgia causes a four quadrant bodily pain syndrome with localized tenderness, trigger points, and rebound. Really has no overlap with MS

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How can I be sure its fms and not something else?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Get Evaluated: Get evaluated, a complete history and physical exam, in addition tests will be ordered to rule out other causes for your symptoms.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to tell if my doctor really knows anything about fms?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Talk With Them: There are many doctors who have a lot of experience in treating fibromyalgia. Some primary care have a special interest as well as some specialist, including rheumatologist, pain management, and physiatrist.
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Can I ignore new symptoms if theyre on the "typical" list for fms?

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Dr. Keith Rafal
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 39 years experience
Do not assume: Any new symptom that is not typical for you should be discussed with your physician. Since fibromyalgia shares many common symptoms with other medical conditions, you can not assume that a new symptom is caused by fms.
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Is fibromyalgia curable?

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Yes, the majority of cases of fibromyalgia can be turned around with the appropriate treatment program. This is not easy and not taught to the majority of our nation's doctors, but it is available. I treat these patients all the time and have a 85-90% success rate if they follow the protocols for fibromyalgia.
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Can fibromyalgia be fatal?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 40 years experience
No: As far as we know, no. In fact it is not felt to shorten lifespan at all. However it is a painful condition with a variety of manifestations. Its severity can range from mild where people lead completely normal lives to severe where people are significantly disabled.

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