Is it Fibromyalgia Or Something Else ?

Fibromyalgia is the term given to a chronic pain disorder that manifests itself throughout certain parts of the body. The illness is not an exact medical condition, as it has a number of recognizable signs and symptoms that can be hard to pinpoint accurately. Instead, Fibromyalgia is referred to as a syndrome and not a disease, which can make it easy for those who are unfamiliar with it  to confuse the symptoms with other serious health conditions. Knowing the signs and symptoms between the many other similar conditions can be the difference between an accurate and a false diagnosis. These are some of the common conditions that have symptoms similar to Fibromyalgia:

This is one of the most common illnesses confused with Fibromyalgia, mainly because the symptoms are extremely similar in nature. In fact, roughly 70 percent of those with one of the ailments also suffers from the other. Because of this, many medical professionals actually believe that the two are indeed the same basic illness, but with different expressions.


This syndrome comes about when the thyroid gland is unable to generate the necessary amount of hormones for the body. Hypothyroidism shares the same symptoms as fibromyalgia, such as  constipation, weight gain and being hyper aware of cold environments. 


This autoimmune disease is known to cause pain, inflammation and tissue damage within different areas of the body, and can actually feel a lot like fibromyalgia.


Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the more common forms of joint pain; however, unlike fibromyalgia, they do not typically feature the same emotional symptoms.

Multiple Sclerosis 

MS is caused by the immune system eating away at the myelin sheath which protects the nerves throughout the body. When this occurs, the brain’s ability to communicate properly is diminished greatly.


Depression is actually one of the main symptoms of those that experience fibromyalgia. Clinical depression however, is something completely different and has not exhibited a connection to fibromyalgia. 

Polymyalgia Rheumatica 

This form of arthritis usually causes muscle pain all over the body, and sufferers share many of the same symptoms, like stiffness, pain, and fatigue.


Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.


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