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What's the difference between fibromyalgia & connective tissue disease?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Immune system

Connective diseases such as lupus and scleroderma are diseases that result from the immune system attacking the body itself.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of symptoms including fatigue, non-restful sleep, and widespread pain. Its cause is unknown. It may be due to imbalance in chemicals in the nerves in the brain.

In brief: Immune system

Connective diseases such as lupus and scleroderma are diseases that result from the immune system attacking the body itself.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of symptoms including fatigue, non-restful sleep, and widespread pain. Its cause is unknown. It may be due to imbalance in chemicals in the nerves in the brain.
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