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Doctor insights on: Chronic Fatigue Vs Fibromyalgia

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Can Horizant extended release be used for chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia?

Can Horizant extended release be used for chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia?

Horizant for FMS: Dear Wanda: Horizant is a brand name for Gabapentin which is also known as Neurontin (gabapentin). Gabapentin is widely used by neurologists for neuropathy (pain due to nerve damage); Gabapentin is also used to treat chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, however, the treatment can be associated with fatigue! So, talk with your rheumatologist. All the best! Nisha ...Read more

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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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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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I believe I suffer from Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. What tests must be taken to rule out any other possibilities? And can you order them?

I believe I suffer from Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. What tests must be taken to rule out any other possibilities? And can you order them?

Several: ? which tests useful to R/O causes of chronic fatigue not fibromyalgia (FM). Physical exam & history necessary to correct diagnosis. Studies: CRP, Sed rate, Lyme, TSH, CBC, serial temp. & weight, RA factor, ANA, UA & Complete Metabolic Profile. If negative & organ system functions (including GI) normal & if 11/18 trigger points pain-positive FM highly suspect. To have studies must see a physician. ...Read more

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Can Horizant extended release be used for chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia?

Horizant for FMS: Dear Wanda: Horizant is a brand name for Gabapentin which is also known as Neurontin (gabapentin). Gabapentin is widely used by neurologists for neuropathy (pain due to nerve damage); Gabapentin is also used to treat chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, however, the treatment can be associated with fatigue! So, talk with your rheumatologist. All the best! Nisha ...Read more

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What causes fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?

What causes fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?

No one thing: Hi. We do not know what causes either condition, so right now, your guess is as good as mine (or anyone else's). My belief is it's a constellation of causes, not any one thing. ...Read more

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What's the best way to manage fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Talk to your doctor : Avoid the use of narcotic analgesics. Consider an antidepressant such as Effexor (venlafaxine) or Cymbalta. Neurontin has helped in some cases. See a psychologist for therapy. Listen to relaxation CD's. Meditate, Swimming (shallow water), and Yoga may help. In severe cases, i have added a stimulant such as Ritalin or Adderall (last resort). Hope this helps. Best wishes! ...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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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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What causes your fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? Are the two very related or not?

What causes your fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?  Are the two very related or not?

Separate: ? re: similarity chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) & fibromyalgia (FM). CFS is attendant with several different diseases & disorders. FM causes CFS; a sentinel symptom. Chronic fatigue is common consequence of common occurrence of non-restorative sleep, which might reflect chronic pain, chronic psychological stressors, noisy environments etc. Gov. agencies on quest for THE elusive virus; good luck! ...Read more

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Please help, what can I do to get my spouse to understand about my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Please help, what can I do to get my spouse to understand about my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

RU being treated?: If you are receiving treatment for this disabling condition, ask your husband to go with you to your next appt. Your doc can help him realise that it's a serious chronic illllness. ...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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Caregiver for family with serious issues. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in myself.Having troublecopin. Don't like psych med but need help copiing?

Caregiver for family with serious issues. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue in myself.Having troublecopin. Don't like psych med but need help copiing?

Could ease when: You feel better? Lyrica (pregabalin) can decrease the pain associated with fibro-tried it? Sometimes treating pain before the stress helps and other times--any measure to decrease the amount of anxiety. Great that you are reaching for help. Have any way to decrease the daily stress? Yoga, meditation, warm baths, acupuncture? New osteopathic school in pikesville, KY may have clinic for osteopathic treatment. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic fatigue last only a short period?

Can fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic fatigue last only a short period?

Usually not!: I suspect you have had a transient illness, most likely viral. I'm glad your problems have resolved! ...Read more

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Are chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia autoimmune both diseases?

Are chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia autoimmune both diseases?

Autoimmune disease: Neither disease is of the autoimmune variety. They tend to be diagnosed based on specific findings and very general symptoms. ...Read more

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What medications are best for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and depression?

HMMMM: There is no magic pills for any one of these let alone all three conditions. Your doctor may need to try several different medications, along with Psychotherapy and counseling to help with your issues, and hopefully, through trial and error, and a good relationship with your healing professional, you will be able to find some relief. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Is there any link between thyroidism and fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is there any link between thyroidism and fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome?

Interesting question: Hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome all share similar symptoms, such as fatigue, depression and muscle pain. I would say many patients with uncontrolled hypothyroidism could have the same symptoms as patients with fibromyalgia and cfs. They could coexist. But most patients with fibromyalgia and cfs don't have hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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I have mixed connective tissue dissease and chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia my doctor has pretty much giving up and u please suggest some medicines.

I have mixed connective tissue dissease and chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia my doctor has pretty much giving up and u please suggest some medicines.

Second opinion: These are pretty straight forward issues for a rheumatologist. The diagnoses need to be confirmed, past treatment reviewed and then options can be identified - dependent upon what each is causing. ...Read more

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Can cognitive behavioral therapy help chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia?

Have answered: I have answered this elsewhere but the answer is a very definite yes. There have been numerous studies showing the benefit of cognitive behavioral therapies for a wide variety of chronic conditions including chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. It is unfortunate that these therapies are not used more often. ...Read more

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Are chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia related autoimmune diseases?

Are chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia related autoimmune diseases?

Neither are autoimmu: Neither are autoimmune. While some autimmune diseases (ie., sjorgren's) can cause fatigue, they are not cfs. No evidence that autoimmunity has a role in either! ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more


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