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What other diseases do the symptoms of fibromyalgia appear to be like?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The 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.

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