Can fibromyalgia mimic osteoarthritis?

Fibromyalgia symptoms can mimic osteoarthritis symptoms. Like osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia causes pain. But fibromyalgia is usually not just isolated to a single joint and is often accompanied by other symptoms like fatigue. Osteoarthritis is a condition in which wear and tear on the joints over time causes degenerative changes. These changes often cause pain in the affected joint.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis can mimic symptoms of fibromyalgia, specifically joint pain. But the difference between fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis is that fibromyalgia pain is not limited to the joints and can be spread across the body. A doctor should be able to tell the difference between the two. It is also possible to have both conditions at the same time.

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