can u have fm and arhritis at same time

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by shelly11, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    i read on national fm assoc. that people who have fm cant have arth. is it true cause i was dx with osteoart. & fm. Also my dr. only checked 2 trigger points & just a little tender but i have all other symptoms. so much pain cant stand it. & he does specialize in fm. please help!
  2. harmony21

    harmony21 New Member

    it depends who you talk to my doctor explains it as three venn diagrams, one AR, one FM and one CFS but they are slightly or largely interlinked and some days you may show more symptoms of the one than the orther

    Remember many have both CFS and FM

    As we get older we also tend to pick up other little charmers like carpel tunnel etc so what belongs where????

    Know one nows exactly at this stage I'd say but then that is only my view

    Educate yourself as much as you can and get as many theories as you can and you may find you nire understanding

    Good luck and extra special angel hugs

  3. msbsgblue

    msbsgblue Member

    I don't know how or why they could say that as many of us do.

    They are two seperate entities. I have arthritis (both kinds) and FM.

    My AR effects my joints, the FM effects my tender (or as you said trigger) and muscles.

    I never heard of this before in my life.

    My arthritis developed after I was almost killed in two seperate car accidents, neither my fault. My FM came later.
    [This Message was Edited on 06/14/2008]
  4. kriket

    kriket New Member

    I have a friend that has RA and Fibro.

  5. OWWEE

    OWWEE New Member

    and if you are really lucky, you can rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
  6. poets

    poets Member

    I have severe FM and osteoarthritis, according to my Rheumatologist. I have all the tender points for FM and arthritis nodules in my hands. Also there is arthritis in my lower back. I don't know if it's connected somehow or what.


  7. erinwilburn

    erinwilburn New Member

    I have both RA & FM and was dx at the same time. They are 2 diffrent problems which can at times imitate eachother. I think that is where the confusion comes in but there are definate markers and test for RA that do not appear in FM.
  8. steach

    steach Member

    I posted questions about the difference between osteo and rheumatoid not long ago. I am starting to develop some unusual symptoms that I haven't had before.

    Hands hurting alot, some fingers developing "bumps", knees hurt, ankles hurt, etc.

    After doing some research, from what I have read, RA is also an autoimmune disease; my family has a history of this. My sister was diagnosed with RA before being diagnosed with FM and then Lupus.

    Do any of you have RA? How does your doc treat it? What do you do to alleviate the pain? Any particular meds to fight RA? Any info will be appreciated.

  9. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    thanks 4 the help everyone
  10. erinwilburn

    erinwilburn New Member

    I have RA & FM. The dx of RA came first and my Dr treats it with steroid treatments that are so strong I can only do it 3 times a year. It does help with my joints but I have to admit I still have pain in my hands knees and ankles. I am in the prosses of finding a DR to help me deal with that. I wish I could give you more info but I am so foggy I can't remember anything else to tell you.
    I have tried to do research too but I have to admitt it only confused me more. Good luck in your search!
  11. soffy

    soffy New Member

    Hello Shelly my name is soffy i have fibromy, for almost 7 years now, and like a year ago reumt. told me that i have some kind of inflamatory arth. too and is terrible to deal with 2 things at the same time, but i try so hard to do my best and the most important thing is when you have all the support from family. good luck to you. atte. soffy.
  12. CockatooMom

    CockatooMom New Member

    Oh you better believe you can have both! I have had arthritis in my knees since I was 22. The problem I experience is knowing where the pain is coming from: the arthur or FM?

    You are fortunate to have little tenderness in the two trigger points. Have you ever had the other ones checked? All of my trigger points are horrible to touch.

    I hope this specialist can help you!
  13. frosty77

    frosty77 New Member

    I've had both for many years!
  14. katiebug61

    katiebug61 New Member

    My GP and rheumy think that I have osteoarthritis and FM both. I was negative for RA, but no real test, I was told, for osteoarthritis. Doc put me on Mobic, along with my Lyrica and it really seems to have helped a bunch. Hopefully your doc will treat both your sypmtoms. The anti-inflammatories will NOT help the FM directly, but it will help with the OA. That will help the pain of that and then you will have less pain and the FM will be treatable. I hope you followed all that. I am having a Fibro Fog day. If you can get one under control, it will make it easier to help the other DD.
    Good Luck
  15. mjwarchol

    mjwarchol New Member

    Yes, you can have both. They are two totally different things, and the pain if defferent from each. I have friends with severe rheumatoid arthritis and fibro, and some, including myself with osteoarthritis and fibro.