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.

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What is the main difference between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia?

Nothing alike. Chronic fatigue syndrome refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. In fm you have a history of widespread pain has been present for at least three months. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

Please help, what can I do to get my spouse to understand about my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?

Good luck. That is a really tough question. You need to sit down with him and explain how it is to experience chronic issues with pain and fatigue that meds cannot cure. That said, it is very difficult for someone who does not have fm to understand what you go through. Read more...
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...
Easily. To rapidly educate anyone about the misery suffered with #fibromyalgia send them out to several internet support groups for about an hour. Hopefully they do not come back with nightmares about anyone close to them and who has fibromyalgia. Read more...

What causes fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?

Fibromyalgia. 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. Read more...
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...

What causes your fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? Are the two very related or not?

Chronic fatigue . There is a lot of overlap in symptoms but there is no definitive test for either. Read more...
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...

Is there any link between thyroidism and fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome?

NO LINK. By 'thyroidism', do you mean 'hypo' or underactive thyroid? If so, a common cause is hashimotos thyroiditis. This is a condition where your body makes antibodies (to +tpo) to your own thyroid--essentially 'knocking it out'. Fibromyalgia has no 'autoimmune' basis as far as scientist know. Chronic fatigue syndome may be caused by an virus (ebv) but that is in debate. Read more...
Maybe. The last two are not diseases! fibromyalgia is diagnosed by having tender points on certain parts of your body. Cfs is still unclear, patient complains of chronic fatigue and a bunch of other symptoms and we can now name it cfs. They're both disorders with multi-variable symptoms. Due to the fact they're not diseases, simply a bunch of symptoms therefore no direct link can be made. Read more...
Interesting question. Hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome all share similar symptoms, such as fatigue, depression and muscle pain. I would say many patients with uncontrolled hypothyroidism could have the same symptoms as patients with fibromyalgia and cfs. They could coexist. But most patients with fibromyalgia and cfs don't have hypothyroidism. Read more...
No. Agree. Hypothyroidism can co-exist with cfs or fibromyalgia but there is no link between them. Always rule out hypothyroidism first before considering the other two diagnoses. Read more...
Possibly. Fibromyalgia is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impact your immune system and can lead to pain and inflammation and decreased ability to create atp causing fatigue. Read more...
Thyroid. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. 6 times more in females than males. It's autoimmune , like rheumatoid arthritis. Etc. The antibodies that attack the thyroid can be stimulated by many factors: chemicals, radiation, hormones- especially in women around menarche, pregnancy and menopause. Fibromyalgia is more common in women, possibly autoimmune. Be sure of dx. Read more...
Perhaps. For all we do know, i think in some ways we are still in the dark ages of medicine.. There is still so much we don't know and that we have yet to find out. I personally think there is a link. Genetic predisposition, environmental toxicity, etc all combine to cause ill health. I think the same things that cause fibro can also cause thyroid problems. Read more...

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...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...