fibromyalgia syndrome?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by hagardreams, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. hagardreams

    hagardreams New Member

    Could someone define "syndrome" for me. I got a pamplet in the mail today from the arthritis foundation today about fibromyalgia. It states it is a syndrome, not a disease. I have looked up the word syndrome, and everytime it states that syndrome is a psychological disorder. I am not sure I agree, I know too many people that have fm and are some of the happiest people that I know.
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.
    God bless, Julie
  2. cymbeline

    cymbeline New Member

    Definitions of Syndrome on the Web:

    A set of symptoms or conditions that occur together and suggest the presence of a certain disease or an increased chance of developing the disease.

    A collection of symptoms that characterize a specific disease or condition.

    A group of symptoms as reported by the patient and signs as detected in an examination that together are characteristic of a specific condition.

    A condition in which certain glands become inflamed. May interfere with production of tears and saliva and can accompany rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma or polymyositis.

    a group of characteristics that occur together.

    a combination of signs and symptoms that occur together and reflect a particular disease.

    All the signs and symptoms associated with a disease.

    a set of symptoms that occur together

    A set of symptoms which occur together: extended symptoms or involvement.

    A syndrome is “a combination of signs and/or symptoms that forms a distinct clinical picture indicative of a particular disorder.” (from Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary).

    A set of features or symptoms often occurring together and believed to stem from the same cause.

    A group of signs and symptoms that collectively define or characterize a disease or disorder; signs are objective findings such as weakness, and symptoms are subjective findings such as a feeling of fear or tingling in a finger.

    The particular collection of physical features or characteristics in an individual which help to identify or characterise a genetic abnormality. A group of symptoms, occurring together, which characterise a disease.

    A collection of physical signs and symptoms associated with a disease; a group of malformations that that occur together frequently enough to be recognized collectively as a distinct abnormal condition.

    a complex of signs and symptoms resulting from a common cause.

    Combination of symptoms and signs grouped together to form a disorder.

    A complex of various disease symptoms.

    a set of characteristics that are seen together more frequently than by chance alone.

    A set of symptoms and clinical signs which, taken together, constitute a particular disease or condition.

    Group of symptoms describing a disease or the noxious effects of a chemical product

    (from Greek - concentration), a group of symptoms that collectively characterize a disease or disorder

    A group of symptoms typical of a distinctive disease, and of that disease only.

    A set of symptoms occurring together, the sum of signs of a morbid (sad, melancholic) state.

    A recognizable pattern or group of multiple signs, symptoms or malformations that characterize a particular condition; syndromes are thought to arise from a common origin and result from more than one developmental error during fetal growth.

    refers to a constellation of signs (what the examiner sees) and symptoms (what the patient reports) that recur regularly in clinical populations

    a complex of concurrent things; "every word has a syndrome of meanings"
    a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease

    In medicine, the term syndrome is the association of several clinically recognizable features, signs, symptoms, phenomena or characteristics which often occur together, so that the presence of one feature alerts the physician to the presence of the others. In recent decades the term has been used outside of medicine to refer to a combination of phenomena seen in association.
  3. Lolalee

    Lolalee New Member

    I read somewhere,(sorry I can't remember where), that Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis are also considered "syndromes".

  4. kat2002

    kat2002 New Member

    My doctor told me that they call something a syndrome when not enough is yet known about it to call it a disease.

    A thought anyway,
  5. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    Syndrome- a complex of concurrent symptoms, a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease. Syndrome is used when there is no causal agent/pathogen identified.

    Disease- an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning. Disease is used when causal agent/pathogen is known.


    Karen :)