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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Is There A Correlation Between the Two?

Fibromyalgia

Some of the common complaints of beginning fibromyalgia include an overall feeling of hurting and exhaustion. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that has varying symptoms that include general pain in the ligaments, muscles, and tendons and general fatigue. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than men. Fibromyalgia is also known as chronic muscle pain syndrome, fibrositis, psychogenic rheumatism, and tension myalgia. Though not life-threatening or progressive, the symptoms will probably never go away. There are medications, dietary supplements, and self-care that can help allay these painful symptoms.

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is more common than HIV, lung cancer, lupus , and multiple sclerosis in women. To define chronic fatigue syndrome is still controversial, but it appears two criteria have been agreed upon. To be accurate diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome means:

1) severe symptoms have lasted more than six months with all other known medical causes excluded and

2) to have four or more of these symptoms concurrently, headaches, malaise, muscle pain, multi-joint pain, sore throat , tender lymph nodes, and unrestful sleep.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is difficult to diagnose because it does not have a biological marker. Chronic fatigue syndrome is also known as chronic Epstein-Barr syndrome, chronic immune dysfunction syndrome, chronic mononucleosis, myalgic encephalomyelitis, and post-viral fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome is more common in women than men. Though not life-threatening or progressive, the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome will probably never go away. There are medications, dietary supplements, and self-care that can help allay painful symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Similar symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

The symptoms are so closely related. Compare these varying and nonspecific symptoms:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Cold extremities
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Eczema
  • Exhaustion
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Hair thinning
  • Headaches
  • Husky voice
  • Infections
  • Infertility
  • Low blood pressure
  • Menstrual period irregularities
  • Miscarriages
  • Migraines
  • Muscle cramps
  • Neck aches and pains
  • Poor sleeping
  • Puffiness around eyes
  • Rashes
  • Raynaud's syndrome
  • Sexual interest decreased
  • Slow pulse
  • Slowed thinking
  • Sluggish
  • Swelling
  • Swollen glands
  • Tingling in extremities
  • Weight gain and inability to lose weight
  • Widespread pain
  • Yeast infections

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome: is there a correlation between the two?

There is still active discussion as to whether fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are the same medical condition. Mostly women develop fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Women who develop fibromyalgia are generally between the ages of 20-50. Women who develop chronic fatigue syndrome are generally between the ages of 25-45. Both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are autoimmune diseases. It is suggested hormones are the link between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome - this may explain why both are more prevalent in women than men. Summarized, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome resemble each other in the following categories:

  • Age. Can start in a young adult.
  • Cause: Unknown.
  • Chronic: Yes.
  • Disabling: Yes.
  • Pathology: None.
  • Sex: Female.
  • Symptoms: Similar.

It seems both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome can both start after an emotional or physical shock or infection. The most obvious difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome is that certain symptoms like fever and swollen glands are found more in chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers than fibromyalgia.

Are fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome the same?

The answer will vary from person to person. The difference, if noticeable, is slight to one and huge to another.

 

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