Fibromyalgia or ME or Both???

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Fibromyalgia or ME or Both???

Postby Manxman » Sun May 15, 2016 7:50 am

Feeling a bit confused. I've been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but unsure if it is the correct diagnosis. My main symptoms are chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic head fog and all over pain. Doing a bit of research myself, I see that ME is just another term for chronic fatigue syndrome.

My doctor is not the most helpful. I've tried most tablets he prescribed to help fibro without success and, although suffering, have now gone meds free. When I look at ME symptoms, I tick every box but I tick almost every box for all fibro symptoms too. I know the symptoms are very similar so how can I be sure my diagnosis is correct???

Confused!!! Anyone got any opinions??? Cheers
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Re: Fibromyalgia or ME or Both???

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun May 15, 2016 1:27 pm

It is possible to be given both dx's..... I can definitely say that as I have both of them in my collection. They came a number of years apart, FM first, then CFS/ME. In my case, as pain was my most prominent problem, that led to the FM tag. Then, after a number of months of unexplained increased fatigue, the discovery of T2 Diabetes, even more fatigue even tho I was responding well at the time to managing the diabetes, and everything else at the time had been discounted, the only thing left was CFS/ME.

Whilst they do share a significant number of symptoms, I have found that there are subtle differences between the 2 for me. When FM has the upper hand, the pain is exactly that, pain, all over. When CFS/ME is the more dominant, it adds a heaviness and aching to the pain, making it seem like it is radiating from the very centre of each bone in my body. There are other things, such as how the increased fatigue takes hold and quickly floors me. If I were to starting going thru them all tho, not only would the pooter battery go flat, I would as well as they all intertwine with each other.

If you think there may be additional things at work, or something completely different to FM stirring things up, do go and have things checked out. A misdiagnosis is possible, as is developing a stand-alone issue that has no bearing or association with other conditions you may be affected by xx
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