the differance between fibro or rheumatica useful info

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  1. charlenef

    charlenef New Member

    The following is an extract from the book :
    'Freedom From Fibromyalgia - Your Complete Guide to Pain Relief'
    which is available now from Health Research Today.

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    Fibromyalgia And Rheumatica

    Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be extremely difficult. Many other
    illnesses – including lupus and rheumatica – share the same
    symptoms as fibromyalgia, making the opportunity for
    misdiagnosis ripe. Often mistaken for fibromyalgia, rheumatica
    mirrors many of the same symptoms.

    Additionally, the patient profile of those with fibromyalgia and
    rheumatica is strikingly similar. Both are classified as
    syndromes and tend to target women, although rheumatica is most
    common in women between their 50s and 70s while fibromyalgia
    tends to strike women of all ages. Those with the condition
    giant cell arteritis are also more prone to suffering from
    rheumatica as are those women of European descent, most
    particularly from Scandinavia.

    Similar to fibromyalgia, rheumatica has known no known cause,
    although there is speculation as to what might cause the
    debilitating illness. One theory is rheumatica is caused by an
    autoimmune disorder that inflames the joints while others firmly
    believe rheumatica is the result of a respiratory infection.

    Because its symptoms are so similar to those of fibromyalgia,
    rheumatica is difficult to diagnose. The prominent symptoms of
    rheumatica include widespread pain, muscle and joint pain,
    depression, loss of weight, fatigue, stiffness, little or no
    appetite, tingling in the fingers, fever, and swelling of the
    hands. More serious side effects include: cataracts,
    osteoporosis, and high blood pressure. In some cases, rheumatica
    will sometimes also develop arthritis.


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