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Could spinal stenosis be mistaken for fibromyalgia?

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Spinal Stenosis

Depending on where the spinal stenosis was would determine if it could be confused with fibromyalgia.
If it were lumbar, the answer would be "no" due to the pain being only in the lower body. If it were cervical, the answer could be "maybe". The work up for fibromyalgia would discover multiple underlying other disorders contributing to the disease. Have a knowledgeable specialist evaluate.

In brief: Spinal Stenosis

Depending on where the spinal stenosis was would determine if it could be confused with fibromyalgia.
If it were lumbar, the answer would be "no" due to the pain being only in the lower body. If it were cervical, the answer could be "maybe". The work up for fibromyalgia would discover multiple underlying other disorders contributing to the disease. Have a knowledgeable specialist evaluate.
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
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In brief: No

Fibromyalgia involves the total body-patients have pain above and below the waist and on the right and left sides of the body.
Spinal stenosis is a regional problem usually causing neck or back pain, arm or leg pain. The pain is never widespread as it is in fibromyalgia.

In brief: No

Fibromyalgia involves the total body-patients have pain above and below the waist and on the right and left sides of the body.
Spinal stenosis is a regional problem usually causing neck or back pain, arm or leg pain. The pain is never widespread as it is in fibromyalgia.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Yes, both conditions can cause pain and loss in function and so they can definitely be "mistaken" one for the other. The two can both be present in the same patient as well.

In brief: Yes

Yes, both conditions can cause pain and loss in function and so they can definitely be "mistaken" one for the other. The two can both be present in the same patient as well.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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