7 Conditions Often Mistaken for Fibromyalgia

It’s not at all unusual for fibromyalgia to be misdiagnosed as another condition and vice versa, as symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar to that of other illnesses. Also, there are no lab tests to definitively identify fibromyalgia. Here are seven conditions commonly mistaken for fibromyalgia. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ME/CFS is the condition that is probably…

Fibromyalgia: “I am 41 years old and live in the body of an old man”

Patrick spent most of the day in the bed because he was often exhausted.   He’s always tired, and all the time he hurts. Patrick Schutz from Neuchâtel has fibromyalgia – an invisible condition that is not recognized by disability insurance. Pain, pain, nothing but pain: Patrick Schuts (41) from Neuchâtel has always the feeling that…

Fibromyalgia sufferer: “It’s like having 20 spoons of energy to use each day”.

Artist Anjie Mailey shares her experience with the misunderstood chronic condition that causes pain for millions   Fibromyalgia is a chronic long-term condition which causes pain for millions but is poorly recognised and under-researched, says Jo Waters Kirsty Young’s decision to take a break from Desert Island Discs last summer because of her struggle with…

A Letter For People Who Ask You About Fibromyalgia

Have you ever been asked, “So, what’s the deal with fibromyalgia? What is fibromyalgia, really?” When you’re asked, what do you say? Do you have a clear, concise, spiel that gives the facts or a printed list with need-to-know bullet points? Nope, I don’t either. Sometimes when I’m asked, I’m in the middle of doing something…

Does your wife have fibromyalgia? Here are 22 ways to support it

If your loved one has fibromyalgia, it is difficult to understand exactly what has happened without experiencing it yourself. They probably need more time than you to sleep or they do not feel ready to go out very often. Fibromyalgia can also interfere with a person’s ability to work, do housework, or even perform everyday…

Fibromyalgia Researchers Say Discovery Could Change Treatment of Chronic Pain

Dr. Frank Rice remembers the day when he realized he was onto something. “There was something very unusual that we had just never seen before,” Rice recalls. “It’s one of those things that get you jumping up from the microscope and running down the halls, grabbing people and saying ‘Here, come take a look at…

Fibromyalgia and Bruising: Effects of an Invisible Disease

Does Fibromyalgia Cause Bruising? Some days are better than others for sufferers of fibromyalgia. The not-so-good days can make you feel like you’ve been beaten black and blue. The slightest touch, handshake, hug or squeeze can be excruciating — leaving you sore, achy and shying away from contact with those you love. One sufferer of…

Swelling and fibromyalgia

Understanding Fibromyalgia Swelling Many times, medical professionals diagnose arthritis, when in fact swelling and inflammation is actually due to fibromyalgia. However, as mentioned above, there is an important difference between the two: arthritis affects the joints, while swelling and inflammation due to fibromyalgia does not. Since inflammation in people with fibromyalgia is not in the joints, it…