Fibromyalgia and Arthritis

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by wineToU2, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. wineToU2

    wineToU2 New Member

    My doctor has diagnosed me with both fibromyalgia and arthritis. What is the difference?
  2. Xausted01

    Xausted01 New Member

    Go to the Fibromyalgia board and you will learn everything about it. They are 2 very different things.

  3. Hoops

    Hoops New Member

    You'll get a lot of info on the fibro board. Fibro isn't inflammatory, arthritis is. Good luck, mare
  4. Weatherly2

    Weatherly2 New Member

    I hurt mostly in my muscles but have been told I have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. I know I hurt really bad in my legs.
  5. Dee33K

    Dee33K New Member

    Fibromyalgia is described as an "arthritis-related" condition, on the website of the Arthritis Foundation.

    I was very surprised when I discovered this myself. Fibro is not inflammatory, arthritis is but many times the 2 are together. Search the site and see the ongoing research, it is quite interesting.

    I think I would ask your Dr. where in your body he found the arthritis. Usually they are referring to a particular place, (mine is in my neck). Or is he referring to rheumatoid? Was he specific? Fibro is all over the body, it generally moves around.

  6. Milo83

    Milo83 New Member

    Yes, there is a difference like the others have already said....I also have both..

    There are many types of arthritis: Osteoarthrits, RA, and the list goes on........

    Just an example, RA "can" also affect your internal organs, where as Osteoarthritis does not according to what I was told........

    Ask your doc to be more specific and to do all the necessary labs..........although there are cases in which labs are not all that conclusive..........

    Wishing you the best......Love, Donna
  7. helpeachother

    helpeachother New Member

    Hi, if you have ever been given the vaccine for Lyme Disease and now have arthritis, this might be a good time to search the internet for these together. Peace & good luck
  8. lilac004

    lilac004 New Member

    Hi,I'm new here and would like to introduce myself. I'm 43 yrs.old and have had fibro,osteo,& ra since diag. in 95. I've had alot of things that go along with all 3 ills. You name it as far as pain and swelling,migraines,fatigue etc? Do take many meds daily to try to ease pain and symptoms but the pains alway's there. Hope to here from some of you. Hugs and new friends, gail
  9. diddyd

    diddyd New Member

    Hi,everybody this is my first time on this web site i have had my condtion for 12years now so has you all will kno you get used 2 the fact of having it but i have noticed other things happening 2 me that is different i was reading on a web site recently about fibromyalgia and noticed some similiar things 2 myself so i was wondering if anybody else can shed some light if they have had any other thinga happening 2 them other than being diagnosed with RA i have asked my specialist but in the end you always dont get answers so the queistions so can anybody help me.I have alot of tender spots 2 my shoulders aching in my back and spasms and feeling a lot more tired than usual but i some times get breathless and feel unwell i am normally the type of person who just gets on with life but i must admit this 1 his taking some beating. thanx for reading all of this diane
  10. cookstove

    cookstove New Member

    Many of us have fibromyalgia and arthritus. There are many different types of arthritus. Has your doctor diagnosed you with a specific one or more?

    I can definitely tell the difference in my muscle pains and the pains in my bones.

    An xray shows the arthritus in the bones. It just can not tell the difference in the kinds of arthritus you have. I have charcot' arthritus and osteoarthritus, and the xray shows the severe arthritus, but not which type it is.

    As you know from reading on this site, most of us with fibromyalgia have many different illnesses. It is sometimes hard to know which one to be treating the most, and I am sure the amount of meds we are using to treat so many different illnesses have an effect on our diseases too.

    Take care and keep reading and looking for help. My doctors have great libraries that they share with me about different facets of my health and different types of ideas to help me. I hope you will find those kind of doctors too.

  11. naturebaby

    naturebaby New Member

    It's a real double-whammy. C'mon over to the Fibromyalgia Message Board (click the message boards link at the top of this page and you'll see it). Lots of us there have both problems and you'll find great tips and lots of support.

    Wishing you well,
  12. KJ2003

    KJ2003 New Member

    I have been dx with fibromyalgia, arthritis (via x-rays) and the beginnings of osteoporosis (via MRI). Although the three are different, sometimes it is impossible to figure out what is doing what to which area. My MRI also revealed 3 ruptured disks, 2 pinched nerves and bone spurring - and this is my cervical spinal area only.

    I will be undergoing more MRIs for the thoracic and lumbar areas when my new insurance kicks in on November 1st (Thank God). At this time, I am going to ask my doctor if she will run a few more tests, as well, for things such as lupus, ms, blood work to check hormone levels (hysterectomy years ago) and some kind of test to check to see if there has been any damage to my heart (high blood pressure and pains).

    Anyway, I didn't mean to get off on another subject but I can definitely relate to your dianosis. If your feet tend to hurt, as mine certainly do, the best little helper I have found are menthol pads, which you can purchase cheaply at Wal-Mart, Walgreen's, etc. These are esecially wonderful for days when you know you will be on your feet a lot. Before I take my daughter out shopping, I slap on one of those pads on each foot and I'm good for a few hours where as, normally, I would want to go home almost as soon as we began.

    It's amazing how well these complimentary therapies/medicines work along side of what our doctor prescribes!

    Also, if you are going to be away from home (or, actually, your heating pad) and if you have lower back pain, there is a temporary heating pad you can buy called ThermaCare (red box). The box has 2 wrap-around pads and work for up to 8 hours!

    Both of these items are especially good when travelling, too.

    Hope this helps!



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