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Fibromyalgia and Similar Conditions

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Between 10% and 30% of primary care doctor (GP) consultations are for symptoms that resemble fibromyalgia: including fatigue, malaise and general muscle pain.

These may well arise as part of any of the following conditions:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Myalgias*: polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Anaemia
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Drugs and alcohol

Some of these conditions are outlined in slightly more detail below.

* note: myalgia = muscle pain; myopathy = abnormality in the muscles (cf. Neuropathy = abnormality in the nerves)

Note that fibromyalgia may be seen in hypothyroidism: as I have explained in other articles, there does seem to be a link between arachnoiditis and thyroid disease: in particular in those who have undergone a myelogram (the dyes contain iodine which affects the thyroid).

Also: Raynaud's phenomenon is quite often seen in CFS or fibromyalgia and is also a fairly common occurrence amongst arachnoiditis patients.