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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?

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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Dr. John Leander Po
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Definition)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by severe fatigue lasting longer than six months for which no underlying cause has been found. Chronic fatigue gets worse with strenuous physical or mental activity. Rest does not seem to ...Read more


Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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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, anxiety, ...Read more