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A 18-year-old female asked:

is there a difference between seronegative arthritis and fibromyalgia?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
YES INDEED: 'Seronegative arthritis" may be anything from gout to osteoarthritis it simply means NON-RHEUMATOID joint disease. FIBROMYALGIA is a MUSCLE/FASCIAL DISEASE with TRIGGER POINTS which are determined by a COMPLETE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION! Hope this helps! Dr Z

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