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What's the difference in fibromyalgia and lupus!

What's the difference in fibromyalgia and lupus!

Positive test: Questioner of the difference between fibromyalgia and lupus should regard that there are no known causes or lab test for fibromyalgia. Lupus has lab studies that can confirm the presence and autoimmune nature of lupus, as well as injury to skin, nervous system, and kidneys.

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Dr. Aletha Tippett
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Porphyria (Definition)

Metabolic disorders caused by abnormalities in the synthesis of heme, the portion of hemoglobin which carries the iron inside red blood cells. Symptoms can range from light sensitivity to liver failure to nerve damage to bouts of terrible pain. Special testing is required to ...Read more


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What should I worry about with having sjogren's syndrome and fibromyalgia and possibly lupus. Will find out bout lupus one soon.

What should I worry about with having sjogren's syndrome and fibromyalgia and possibly lupus. Will find out bout lupus one soon.

Clarify diagnosis: Out of the diagnoses mentioned, fibromyalgia is most prevalent and increasingly recognized. Fibromyalgia is a central pain syndrome that causes diffuse body pain and fatigue triggered by poor sleep. An autoimmune disease such as sjogren's or lupus can trigger fibromyalgia, however, do not cause fibromyalgia. I would recommend that you see a rheumatologist to clarify diagnosis.

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Psa, fibromyalgia, lupus, addisons? How do I find out?

Psa, fibromyalgia, lupus, addisons? How do I find out?

Doctor: You need to establish a relationship with a doctor who will take a thorough history and physical and examine you and then order the appropriate test. Good luck.

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I'm on oxycodone and have lupus and fibromyalgia, but am still in pain, what can I do?

I'm on oxycodone and have lupus and fibromyalgia, but am still in pain, what can I do?

Pain Syndrome: With a case as complex as yours, you need a team approach to your therapies. You need a doctor well versed in the treatments of fibromyalgia to help with that disorder. You need a rheumatologist to deal with the lupus. And you need a chronic pain specialists to help with your narcotic pain treatment. These 3 doctors should work together.

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Is it true that fibromyalgia can cause lupus?

Is it true that fibromyalgia can cause lupus?

No!: These are completely different diseases. Lupus is an autoimmune rheumatic disease, and fibromyalgia is a central pain amplification disorder. However, systemic lupus patients can have many symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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Is it true that fibromyalgia can lead to lupus?

Is it true that fibromyalgia can lead to lupus?

No: Up to about 30% of patients with lupus can also have fibromyalgia but technically fibromyalgia does not cause or lead to lupus.

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Can you please tell me how lupus and fibromyalgia differ?

Can you please tell me how lupus and fibromyalgia differ?

Great differences!: Sle is an autoimmune disease that can damage organs in the body when severe, although most patients have mild disease. Fibromyalgia is a pain amplification disorder involving the brain and spinal cord. It is not inflammatory and certainly not autimmune. Treatments for these illnesses are completely different!

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I have fibromyalgia with symptoms of lupus is that common?

I have fibromyalgia with symptoms of lupus is that common?

Yes: There are a lot of symptoms of both of these conditions that overlap. Lupus can be ruled out with a few blood tests.

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I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but am being treated for lupus, how come?

I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but am being treated for lupus, how come?

Fibromyalgia: You are probably being treated by a rheumatologist who is more aware of lupus issues. Lupus has some similarities but is not the same disorder. You should see a physician well versed in the evaluation and treatment of fibromyalgia.

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I just found out I have lupus and fibromyalgia. Will I die with it or from it?

Lupus: With good followup by endocrinologist & pcp, and with good control of symptoms, you are ok.

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Everything I have stated on here they have now diagnosed me from lupus which been treating for 5 yrs to fibromyalgia is that possible?

Everything I have stated on here they have now diagnosed me from lupus which been treating for 5 yrs to fibromyalgia is that possible?

Mimicker: Lupus and fibromyalgia and vitamin c deficiency have very similar symptoms so also make sure you get your vitamin c level checked that would be a fasting blood test.

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My mom has lupus and fibromyalgia. What are my chances of getting it?

Small: These meds have a slightly higher risk for you if your mother is affected. However, the risk is relatively small.

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I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but have a lot of lupus symptoms. My ANA test came back as "indeterminate". What does this mean?

Better test: Still the better test to determine the difference between lupus and fibromyalgia (fms) is a history and physical exam done by a rheumatologist. Lupus and fms have some similar symptoms but are very different. Lupus - autoimmune disease. Fms - not autoimmune. The ANA is not the deciding factor between the two. The ANA never makes a definite diagnosis. Other blood tests (by rheumatologist) can help.

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My wife has lupus and fibromyalgia. Is there a clinic that specializes in these diseases? Or should we just suck em up and be content with present?

My wife has lupus and fibromyalgia. Is there a clinic that specializes in these diseases? Or should we just suck em up and be content with present?

Lupis treatment: The best kind of dr. To address your condition is called a rheumatologist. I would look for someone who is board certified in that specialty. There should be a listing in the yellow pages or you may want to check with your local medical society. Good luck.

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Treated for lupus for 5 years and then changed to fibromyalgia I believe is not possible, since I have medical records saying its lupus. Could my dr just want nothing more to do with me as a patient?

Treated for lupus for 5 years and then changed to fibromyalgia I believe is not possible, since I have medical records saying its lupus. Could my dr just want nothing more to do with me as a patient?

Drastic change.: Lupus is diagnosed based on symptoms and physical exam, lab tests are only secondary. There are no lab tests for fibro, just tender points on exam. A skilled rheumatologist should have no trouble telling one from the other. If your lupus is in remission, your current doctor may only be seeing fibro (having both is common.) ask your doctor. Consider 2nd opinion with different rheumatologist.

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I have lupus. My doctor diagnosed me w/ fibromyalgia also. Are the two related?

Lupus and Fibromyalg: Though there is no genetic association between the two illnesses since lupus is specifically an autoimmune disease, it is entirely possible that the fibromyalgia symptoms are simply an associated symptom from the lupus.

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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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