What other conditions are often present with the pain of fibromyalgia?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
While fibromyalgia can happen with no other health problems, frequently the person has other pain-related conditions. For example, you might have fibromyalgia with lower-back pain or disc disease. Or you could have fibromyalgia with bursitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. It is not unusual to have fibromyalgia along with spinal disorders. Also, fibromyalgia co-occurs with rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis), or lupus (SLE) up to 25% to 65% of the time. 
Fibromyalgia can have coexisting problems such as lupus or arthritis and these are diseases your doctor will test for to make sure you are treated appropriately. Other problems that can sometimes be mistaken for fibromyalgia include spinal stenosis (which is a narrowing of the spinal canal), chronic fatigue syndrome, and even depression. Because fibromyalgia can occur with different medical problems or be mistaken for them, your doctors will do complete lab tests and exams that will help them diagnose you.
These other conditions include TMD or temporo-mandibular disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome.
Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine
Fibromyalgia can be triggered by many other conditions and this used to be called secondary fibromyalgia. It can commonly be triggered by autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, it can also be triggered by hormonal factors such as low thyroid and low estrogen, as well as by a number of infections.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

For the most part, people with fibromyalgia share two main symptoms. First, you constantly feel as tired as someone who's just sprinted up Mount Everest. Second, you have pain and tenderness in your joints and muscles. It may feel like you've been hit all over with a baseball bat, when all you've been doing is watching TV. Insomnia or other sleep disturbances are common symptoms. So are problems with concentrating and memory, often called fibro fog. You may feel stiff in the morning.

Other conditions that you may have include headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), painful menstrual periods (women only of course, but then most people with fibro are women), and restless leg syndrome. You might have numbness or tingling in your arms and legs, and be sensitive to loud noises or bright lights as well. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms to find the right treatment approach.

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