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what are the symptom difference between fibromyalgia or ms?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Many: The symptoms of ms and fibromyalgia are usually quite different. Ms symptoms include eye inflammation, limb weakness and spasticity, various types of nerve pain, walking problems and problems with the bowels and bladder among others. Fibromyalgia is more of widespread pain problem without neurological findings.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Very different: Fibromyalgia is a painful condition with areas of tenderness and trigger points scattered over all 4 quadrants of the body. Sleep disorder, stiffness, and cognitive changes may accompany. MS does not cause widespread pain, but does cause numbness, weakness, imbalance, loss of vision, fatigue, and cognitive issues. MRI films confirm diagnosis. MRI is normal in fibromyalgia, usually.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
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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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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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