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Fibromyalgia vs. CFS | The Natural Cure To Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia vs. CFS


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One of the most bothersome problems surrounding Fibromyalgia is the fact that the symptom set overlaps so many other common ailments. As any long time sufferer can tell you, getting a doctor to tell you that you have Fibromyalgia can be just as exhausting as the disease itself.

One of the ailments that are most commonly confused with Fibromyalgia is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS. The two diseases have many symptoms in common and are often confused with each other. Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms the two have in common.

• Fatigue – As the name suggests, CFS is all about feeling tired all the time, no matter what. Since Fibromyalgia and sleep disorders of various kinds, such as Alpha-EEG, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome, are so closely tied together, you can see why people would confuse the two. Sleep disorders are also somewhat common with CFS, but not to the degree that they are with Fibromyalgia.

• Chronic Pain – Both sufferers of CFS and Fibromyalgia may have chronic pain. For Fibromyalgia sufferers, it is usually a deep, nagging pain in the muscles and in the joints. For CFS, it’s a more diffuse pain throughout the whole body. In both cases, the pain can be debilitating to the point where normal living isn’t possible. In both cases, “normal” pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil usually aren’t strong enough.

• Irritable bowel syndrome – IBS is very common for sufferers of Fibromyalgia and only slightly less common for those with CFS. Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition where sufferers experience loose stools on a frequent basis, in conjunction with severe gas pains in the abdomen, as well as nausea and flatulence. While everyone suffers from these symptoms once in a while, for CFS and Fibromyalgia patients, it is usually the norm. In extreme cases, IBS can completely disrupt normal living, much like having a bad stomach flu can.

• Migraine-like headaches – Both CFS and Fibromyalgia patients report an increase of severe headaches during especially serious symptom outbreaks. As anyone who has had a migraine can tell you, they can be completely and utterly debilitating to the point of being confined to a quiet, lightless room. Maybe no other single ailment can immobilize a person like a migraine.

• Other common joint symptoms – The rest of the less common shared symptoms of Fibromyalgia and CFS read like a laundry list of nasty ailments: increased pain and discomfort during menstrual periods, a lack of coordination, bouts of dizziness, swelling in hands and feet, an irritated bladder that causes the feeling of having to urinate constantly and twitching muscles.

Dealing with the life-changing effects of Fibromyalgia and CFS isn’t easy for anyone. If you think you’re suffering from one of these disorders, the best advice is to seek out a medical professional who is experienced in dealing with and accurately diagnosing CFS and Fibromyalgia. The Internet is a great resource to find educated and knowledgeable doctors in your area.

To learn more about treating and controlling Fibromyalgia please visit Eliminate Fibromyalgia.

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  1. January 16th, 2007 | 6:47 pm

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