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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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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 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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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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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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What do you suggest if I have chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia but i want to train to be a doctor?

Setting goals: An important aspect for managing CFS and FM while training to be a doctor, includes setting reasonable goals and making a positive effort to achieve them. Having a good friend as a coach, goes a long way to help you achieve these goals. ...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 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?

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 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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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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Could someone please recommend antioxidant supplements for fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome?

Could someone please recommend antioxidant supplements for fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome?

Fibromyalgia: Good sources of Antioxidants are all berries, and vegetables. There is no clinical research documenting effectiveness of Antioxidants for Fibromyalgia. Let Wise Woman within you Reflect: • Diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression or Fibromyalgia; • Severity of fatigue or other symptoms • Balanced DietExercise • Breathing and Music Relaxation • Visual Imagery • Therapy for stresses in life ...Read more

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I read that IgG subclass deficiencies are associated with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Is this true? If so, what is the connection?

I read that IgG subclass deficiencies are associated with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.  Is this true?  If so, what is the connection?

IGG : Igg are sensitivities for foods or substances and cause significant gut inflammation. These then lead to impermeable or leaky gut. This inflammation can lead to joint and muscle pain. The fatigue is usually caused by the poor absorption of the cofactors needed in the body to produce energy. ...Read more

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I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia. Seek doctor with extensive interest, knowledge and experience. Thanks?

Many issues: Based on what you wrote it is likely you will need more than one specialist. Start with your own doctor who will review your medical history, examine you, order labs, and then make future management decisions including referral. ...Read more

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Diagnosed by specialist in hong kong with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia. Looking for doctor to prescribe marinol or cesamet. Many thanks!

Internal Medicine: This diagnosis requires a thorough medical evaluation. If you are now back in the states call your local county medical society for an internal medicine referral. If you are out of the country-call the embassy. ...Read more

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What are the main differences between chronic fatigue syndrome and polymyalgia rhumatica?

What are the main differences between chronic fatigue syndrome and polymyalgia rhumatica?

Shoulder & hip pain: Polymyalgia rheumatica is characterized by hip and shoulder pain/stiffness associated with high inflammatory markers in the blood (sedimentation rate and c-reactive protein). It only occurs in people 50 and older and resolves with steroid treatment within a day or 2. Fibromyalgia is all-over pain that can occur at any age and is not inflammatory. It does not respond to steroids. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome that people have?

Multi system: This condition, perhaps as a sequel to a viral illness, causes tiredness, muscle aching, joint pain and mental fatigue. More common in women, it can affect all age groups, responds poorly to medication, and in extreme cases leaves the patient mostly bedridden. There is no laboratory testing that makes the diagnosis. There are strong psychological underpinnings. ...Read more

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Is there a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and heart problems?

Is there a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and heart problems?

Not specifically: Cfs is a condition without a known cause. Yet you would be expected to have fatigue if your heart is not working right. In that case, it would be considered a heart failure and not cfs. ...Read more

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


Dr. John Leander Po
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Definition)

Severe fatigue lasting longer than six months for which no underlying cause has been found. Chronic fatigue gets worse with strenuous ...Read more