Fibromyalgia and MS have some similar symptoms, including headaches, joint and muscle pain, numbness and tingling of extremities, memory problems, and fatigue.
Like MS, fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men.
But unlike MS, fibromyalgia does not show up as brain lesions on an MRI.
How do I know if I have MS or fibromyalgia?
This is the most accurate way to diagnose the condition. There is no single test for fibromyalgia, and a doctor may first need to rule out other explanations for symptoms. Nerve conduction tests, electromyograms, skin biopsies, and blood tests are common methods that doctors use when diagnosing the condition.
Can you have MS and fibromyalgia together?
Researchers found that fibromyalgia, a condition involving widespread musculoskeletal pain, was more than three times as common in people who were later diagnosed with MS. The main difference seems to be that lesions are found in the brains of MS patients, whereas those diagnosed with fibromyalgia don’t have lesions.
What can fibromyalgia be mistaken for?
Several rheumatic diseases can mimic fibromyalgia. These include sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Lyme disease, polymyalgia rheumatica and lupus.
Is fibromyalgia autoimmune or neurological?
Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune or inflammation based illness, but research suggests the nervous system is involved.