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Can you tell me the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Can you tell me the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Main symptom: Although they have lots of common symptoms, but main symptom in fibromyalgia is the widespread pain while in chronic fatigue syndrome, main concern is the extreme fatigue even with minimal activity. Some people may have both which makes the diagnosis and management harder. ...Read more

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Dr. Betty Keller
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Chronic Fatigue (Definition)

What is the definition or description of: Chronic fatigue? ANS: The definition is too long for this space. Google national guidelines for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and you will find the specific items needed to define chronic fatigue syndrome. They ...Read more


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Can you tell me the difference between ehlers-danlos syndrome and hypermobility?

Can you tell me the difference between ehlers-danlos syndrome and hypermobility?

Yes: Ehlers-danlos syndrome causes hyper mobility. There are many other reasons and causes of hypermobility. Hyper mobility simply refers to an increased amount of motion in a joint from any cause. ...Read more

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What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome please.?

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome please.?

Very Similar: Both are problems with the central processing of pain. Fms seems to be a problem with the body's inability to ignore normal degrees of pain and discomfort with normal daily activities.Cps develops when the brain rewires itself to having pain sensations even in the absence of pain signals coming into it. Cps develops with constant incoming pain. Fms probably has multiple associate factors involved. ...Read more

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What are the ways that people tell the difference between kleine levin syndrome and cronic depression?

What are the ways that people tell the difference between kleine levin syndrome and cronic depression?

Different Patterns: Kleine levin is rare cyclical disorder, often in adolescent males. Unlike depression, patients may be fine for long periods & then have days or weeks of prolonged sleepiness (> 20 hours in day), sudden increase ravenous appetite. Unlike depression, there is confusion & sometimes hallucinations. Brain abnormality of hypothalamus & thalamus. No response to antidepressants. May improve w/ age. ...Read more

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What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue?

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue?

Little.: While cfs is dominated by fatigue, there are more trigger ppoints than normal, although slightly less than fms. Conversely, pain at trigger points dominates fms, but most patients have significant fatigue, but not as their dominant complaint. ...Read more

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Terms clarification: what's the difference between serotonin syndrome and anticolirgenic syndrome? How severe can each be?

Terms clarification: what's the difference between serotonin syndrome and anticolirgenic syndrome? How severe can each be?

Sweating.....: With anticholinergic crisis one typically has lack of sweating ( "dry as a bone, red as a beet, mad as a hatter, blind as a bat " ) With serotonergic syndrome one typically gets profuse sweating in addition to elevated heart rate, increased muscle tone, fever, psychosis. Both can be lethal if there are uncontrolled seizures or cardiovascular collapse. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between fatigue from depression versus fatigue from kidney failure?

How can I tell the difference between fatigue from depression versus fatigue from kidney failure?

Fatigue: You need to follow up with doctor to determine cause of fatigue. Kidney failure is diagnosed via blood work, depression is diagnosed via a series of questions. Sometimes people with chronic illnesses can also be depressed . Fatigue can be due to a variety of causes. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between "relapse" and "nonresponse"?

Can you tell me the difference between "relapse" and "nonresponse"?

Different responses: Relapse refers to when a process such as a hepatitis infection responds to treatment initially, but is followed by recurrence of the process/disease. Non-response means there is no affect of treatment to begin with. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia?

What is the main difference between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia?

Response to rest: Folks with chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs) and fibromyalgia (fm) have a lot of overlapping symptoms. The principal difference is that in cfs activity seems to worsen the symptoms while fm mostly improve with activity. Fm also responds to some medication while cfs rarely does. Your family doctor can make this distinction for you. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how to relieve all the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Identify cause!: Poor sleep, depression, chronic viral illness, autoimmune diseases, anemia, all can cause this. The medication i favour for symptomatic relief is Provigil or nuvigil. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between bipolor symptoms and thyroid problems?

How can you tell the difference between bipolor symptoms and thyroid problems?

Blood tests: Although they have some things in common. The first step is a physical exam and some simple blood tests for thyroid status. So go to your doctor and let them evaluate. You also can have both, but clearing up thyroid and other physical problems will help either way. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between anxiety and heart related pain?

How can you tell the difference between anxiety and heart related pain?

Examination: I would examine for other causes before diagnosing anxiety. We have a few tests and basic history and physical would narrow down the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Can you tell me the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

A constellation: ? re symptoms (Sx) of fibromyalgia (FM). Sentinel Sx include chronic widespread pain, chronic fatigue, restless sleep, depression, sedentariness & confusion (fibrofog). FM has multiple soft tissue causes & a multitude of Sx afflict sufferers differently depending upon which soft tissues are affected: IBS, TOS, TMJ, Migraine, Interstitial Cystitis, POTS, Endometriosis & Mitral Valve Prolapse. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between joint pain vitamin deficiency and arthritis?

How can you tell the difference between joint pain vitamin deficiency and arthritis?

By CRP and x-rays!: Few vitamin deficiencies cause joint pain. It is possible. You must first demostrate a vitamin deficiency, before thsi diagnosis is on the table. But the test for CRP (inflammation), and x-rays (joint degenerative disease) are also necessary. Jonit pain has many explanations. Vitamin deficiency is low on the list. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between anxiety and sporadic familial insomnia?

How can I tell the difference between anxiety and sporadic familial insomnia?

Insomnia: Familial insomnia will be present for a long time and it will be a trait of yours, anxiety will induce insomnia when you started having it, the timeline will be a guide. ...Read more

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Can you list some key differences between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome? I have most symptoms of both, so need some way of distinction.

Can you list some key differences between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome? I have most symptoms of both, so need some way of distinction.

FM vs. CFS: Fm is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body. To be included in the diagnosis of fm, this pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine for a minimum of three months. Cfs may be distinguished from fm on the basis of the presence of cognitive dysfunction, which is absent in fm. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between lupus, ibs, and crohn's?

How can I tell the difference between lupus, ibs, and crohn's?

IBD, IBS: These are three totally different conditions. Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune connective tissue disorder. Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease, refers to ulcerative colitis, crohns disease, and indeterminate colitis) ibs refers to syndromes of abdominal pain, and irregular bowel habits that occurs in the absence of other diseease not found on routine evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can you tell the difference between arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Night time pain?: Many carpal tunnel patients have pain and night and have to "shake out their hand". This is not typically seen in arthritis. Cts patients may have numbness in thumb, ring finger and middle finger. Finally, by wearing a wrist splint at night, cts patients could get improvements. A simple nerve stimulation examination test (nerve conduction study) at the neurologist can prove the cts diagnosis. ...Read more

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What the difference between sjogrens syndrome and lupus? Which is worse?

What the difference between sjogrens syndrome and lupus? Which is worse?

They are similar: Both are autoimmune diseases and to varying degree, they have overlapping symptoms. Patients with lupus can have symptoms of sjogrens and vice versa. Both can lead to very serious, life threatening disease. More often, however, they are relatively well managed. In summary, severe lupus is probably worse than severe sjogrens, but there are exceptions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the cause of chronic headache?

Can you tell me about the cause of chronic headache?

MOH: Medication overuse headache which results from the repetitive and chronic use of headache abortive medications for three months or more. It is a major cause of chronic daily headache affecting 1-2% of the general population. The good news it is a treatable condition. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Definition)

A condition in which a person experiences severe fatigue that lasts longer than six months for which no underlying cause can be found, and which limits strenuous ...Read more


Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

A condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body, causing widespread ...Read more