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Are chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia related autoimmune diseases?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Interesting question

Though these two syndromes are not thought to be autoimmune in nature, it's interesting that many of the medications used to treat fibromyalgia suppress the immune system. Chronic infections may play a role in both so suppressing the immune system seems counterproductive.
As far as we know, they are not autoimmune syndromes.

In brief: Interesting question

Though these two syndromes are not thought to be autoimmune in nature, it's interesting that many of the medications used to treat fibromyalgia suppress the immune system. Chronic infections may play a role in both so suppressing the immune system seems counterproductive.
As far as we know, they are not autoimmune syndromes.
Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and no

Both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromes are related, but neither condition is autoimmune.
Fibromyalgia involves widespread pain in defined tender areas above and below the waist and on both the left and right sides of the body, accompanied by fatigue; the cause is unknown. Chronic fatigue syndrome, however, is not characterized by pain, and there are some known causes. Treatments differ.

In brief: Yes and no

Both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromes are related, but neither condition is autoimmune.
Fibromyalgia involves widespread pain in defined tender areas above and below the waist and on both the left and right sides of the body, accompanied by fatigue; the cause is unknown. Chronic fatigue syndrome, however, is not characterized by pain, and there are some known causes. Treatments differ.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Dr. Michele Arnold
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