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Does fibromyalgia have any connection to rsd?

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Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

Fibromyalgia is sometimes what is called a "lump diagnosis" in medicine.
People with chronic pain of unknown cause are given the diagnosis because it is unknown what their actual cause of pain is. Some of these people surely have Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), another chronic pain syndrome. In that way, they are related, although for most people with fibromyalgia, the true cause is unknown.

In brief: Yes and no

Fibromyalgia is sometimes what is called a "lump diagnosis" in medicine.
People with chronic pain of unknown cause are given the diagnosis because it is unknown what their actual cause of pain is. Some of these people surely have Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), another chronic pain syndrome. In that way, they are related, although for most people with fibromyalgia, the true cause is unknown.
Dr. Marvin Ott
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

They are two distinct disease processes, however if they exist together, could be a uncomfortable situation.

In brief: Not really

They are two distinct disease processes, however if they exist together, could be a uncomfortable situation.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Similar,yet distinct

A major difference is the Hx of injury in RSD.
Otherwise it can seem very similar. Tests can allow a skilled physician to tell and treatment options may differ. Here's some detailed info on them both. http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia/reflex_sympathetic_dystrophy.html I hope you are able to find reasonable relief. Regards

In brief: Similar,yet distinct

A major difference is the Hx of injury in RSD.
Otherwise it can seem very similar. Tests can allow a skilled physician to tell and treatment options may differ. Here's some detailed info on them both. http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia/reflex_sympathetic_dystrophy.html I hope you are able to find reasonable relief. Regards
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