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A 36-year-old member asked:

what are the long term effects of fibromyalgia?

5 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Chronic pains and discomfort affecting quality of life.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Long term effects of fibromyalgia can vary a lot from one person to another.
Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Fibromyaliga: As painful as it is, Fibromyalgia doesn't cause joint deformity, change in body shape and certainly doesn't increase the mortality. If pain isn't controlled enough then that could affect the quality of life.
Dr. Steven Watry
General Practice 20 years experience
Many: Many diverse side-effects - social isolation, depression, anxiety, decreased activity with frequent weight gain and muscle weakness. Besides constant pain, most of the effects are psychological or related to decreased functional status.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Increased Pain: Long-term effects of fibromyalgia (FM) are increased pain & depression & sleep deprivation. As body becomes generally less toned of muscles, overworked muscles become spastic & beset w. painful trigger points. Lying on sleep surface increasingly more painful & non-restorative sleep accumulates; worsening fibro-fog & depression. Gravity is enemy & aqua therapy is means to reverse this path of pain.

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

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Get Evaluated: Get evaluated, a complete history and physical exam, in addition tests will be ordered to rule out other causes for your symptoms.
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Is there a way to tell if my doctor really knows anything about fms?

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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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Is fibromyalgia curable?

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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
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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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Can sle cause fibromyalgia?

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Dr. JEFFREY TULIN-SILVER
Dr. JEFFREY TULIN-SILVER answered
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
No: Sle is an autoimmune disorder. Fibromyalgia is a clincal syndrome.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Systemic Lupus Erythematosis causes inflammation to the joints, heart, blood vessels and skin. Fibromyalgia is related to hyperactive nerve activity in the muscles, but does not inflame or damage the muscles. Both are painful and both can be treated.
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Many patients with lupus may have an exaggerated pain similar to fibromyalgia
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