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Which symptoms are fibro and which are allergies, or can you tell?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Fibromyalgia symptom
Symptoms of fibromyalgia (is that your q?)=painful muscles, joints, tendons, soft tissues.
Allergy symp: itching, sneezing, congestion, coughing, wheezing, etc. There is little overlap. Food allergies can cause abdominal pain and rarely joint pain, but mainly episodically after the food, not chronically like fibromyalgia. Both have fatigue. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001463/.

In brief: Fibromyalgia symptom
Symptoms of fibromyalgia (is that your q?)=painful muscles, joints, tendons, soft tissues.
Allergy symp: itching, sneezing, congestion, coughing, wheezing, etc. There is little overlap. Food allergies can cause abdominal pain and rarely joint pain, but mainly episodically after the food, not chronically like fibromyalgia. Both have fatigue. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001463/.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Very diiferent
Fibromyalgia is associated with pain.
Allergies usually are not.

In brief: Very diiferent
Fibromyalgia is associated with pain.
Allergies usually are not.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Different
Fibromyalgia & allergies have relatively mutually exclusive signature symptom constellations.
Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic widespread painful muscle spasm, chronic fatigue, restless sleep & foggy mental process. Allergy symptoms manifest as airway constructions, itching & rashes, swellings, & other effects of inflammation. The pathophysiology of allergies is known, but not known for FM.

In brief: Different
Fibromyalgia & allergies have relatively mutually exclusive signature symptom constellations.
Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic widespread painful muscle spasm, chronic fatigue, restless sleep & foggy mental process. Allergy symptoms manifest as airway constructions, itching & rashes, swellings, & other effects of inflammation. The pathophysiology of allergies is known, but not known for FM.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
Fibromyalgia sufferers oft obese & have poor sleep. Non-restorative sleep begets depression & fatigue, which begets inactivity, deconditioning & weight gain. Exercise helps, but is oft painful for FM sufferers. Aquatherapy has helped many break this cycle. Concurrent weight reduction via avoidance of carbohydrates. Walks & tai chi are also helpful.
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