Because fibromyalgia syndrome has many signs and symptoms, your doctor will work with you to make an accurate diagnosis and to prescribe a multi-faceted treatment program that may consist of medications, moist heat for deep muscle pain, exercise for conditioning and stress management to help with anxiety and sleep.
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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredThe symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome often mimic other common health problems such as arthritis, migraine, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The deep muscle pain and stiffness of fibromyalgia may be misdiagnosed as a form of arthritis. The constant fatigue may be mistaken as chronic fatigue syndrome. Also, the anxiety, low mood and sleep disturbances may be incorrectly diagnosed as depression or another mood disorder.
Because fibromyalgia syndrome has many signs and symptoms, your doctor will work with you to make an accurate diagnosis and to prescribe a multi-faceted treatment program that may consist of medications, moist heat for deep muscle pain, exercise for conditioning and stress management to help with anxiety and sleep.Helpful? 3 people found this helpful.
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredFibromyalgia is a better actor than Al Pacino and can mimic a variety of health conditions, some serious and some not too serious. That's why your doctor will run important lab tests and take X-rays to rule out serious diseases. Here are some conditions that may mimic the symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome:
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- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Lyme disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
- Anxiety and depression
- TMJ (jaw condition)
- Irritable bowel disease (IBS)
Pfizer LYRICA™ (pregabalin) Team answeredFibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread pain and may mimic other conditions. Doctors will often rule out other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, and mononucleosis before reaching a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
If you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia and experiencing chronic widespread pain and tenderness, talk to your doctor about your treatment options. Prescription treatment, such as LYRICA, is one option you and your doctor may consider to help relieve fibromyalgia pain. In clinical studies, LYRICA was proven to provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain compared with a placebo, so patients felt better and could do more.*
*Individual results may vary.
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Important Safety Information (ISI)
LYRICA is not for everyone. LYRICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction. Some signs are swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck, or if you have any trouble breathing, or have a rash, hives or blisters.
Drugs used to treat seizures increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Patients, family members or caregivers should call the doctor right away if they notice suicidal thoughts or actions, thoughts of self harm, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. These changes may include new or worsening depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop LYRICA without first talking to your doctor.
LYRICA may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet, which can be serious for people with heart problems. LYRICA may cause dizziness and sleepiness. You should not drive or work with machines until you know how LYRICA affects you. Also, tell your doctor right away about muscle pain or problems along with feeling sick and feverish, or any changes in your eyesight including blurry vision, or if you have any kidney problems or get dialysis.
Some of the most common side effects of LYRICA are dizziness, blurry vision, weight gain, sleepiness, trouble concentrating, swelling of your hands and feet, dry mouth, and feeling “high.” If you have diabetes, tell your doctor about any skin sores.
You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives if you are also taking angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors so tell your doctor if you are taking these medications. You may have a higher chance of swelling of your hands or feet or gaining weight if you are also taking certain diabetes medicines. Do not drink alcohol while on LYRICA. You may have a higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness if you take LYRICA with alcohol, narcotic pain medicines, or medicines for anxiety.
Before you start LYRICA, tell your doctor if you are planning to father a child, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you have had a drug or alcohol problem, you may be more likely to misuse LYRICA.
In studies, a specific type of blood vessel tumor was seen in mice, but not in rats. The meaning of these findings in humans is not known.
Do not stop taking LYRICA without talking to your doctor. If you stop suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, you may have seizures more often.
LYRICA is indicated to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and pain after shingles. LYRICA is also indicated to treat partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy who take 1 or more drugs for seizures.
Several other diseases have symptoms that may appear to be like fibromyalgia. These include chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism, polymyalgia rheumatica, obstructive sleep apnea, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease, depression, polymyositis, and somatoform disorder. Since fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion, your healthcare provider will help guide you through the process of determining your diagnosis.
Robin Miller, MD, Integrative Medicine, answeredThe symptoms of fibromyalgia can also be seen in diseases such as polymyalgia rheumatica. This is a disease characterized by pain in the shoulders and hips. It is a serious disease that causes inflammation and can result in blindness. Early rheumatoid arthritis can present with similar symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, headache, and sleep problems. However, there will also be joint swelling.
Osteoarthritis, which is the arthritis due to wear and tear can result in symptoms of joint pain and fatigue. Hypothyroidism, Lyme disease, depression, Lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even sleep apnea can all cause similar symptoms to fibromyalgia. Sometimes there is overlap especially with chronic fatigue syndrome and arthritis.
The fact that fibromyalgia can have symptoms similar to some serious illnesses makes it very important to make sure that you do not have any of those other illnesses before being given the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.