Fibromyalgia FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions About Fibromyalgia

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or are wondering if you might have it, you probably have a lot of questions.  Some of the most common questions about Fibromyalgia are addressed here.  

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

This is also unknown.  There have been many theories throughout the years (medical records of Fibromyalgia date back to the late 1800s) but so far, doctors are still unsure as to what causes Fibromyalgia.  I discuss one theory in my article Fight or Flight in Fibromyalgia.

Is There A Cure for Fibromyalgia?

No.  Until we figure out the cause of Fibromyalgia, it isn’t likely we will find a cure.  Any website or doctor claiming to have a Fibromyalgia Cure is a scam.  Read my article on Fibromyalgia Scams to find out more.

Am I Crazy?

No!  Fibromyalgia is not a psychiatric disorder.  While depression and anxiety can be connected to it, they are not the cause.  I defy anyone to deal with a debilitating, painful condition and not struggle with depression and anxiety.  There was once a stigma that Fibromyalgia was “all in our heads” and did not truly exist. That has since been debunked.  Anyone telling you otherwise is a moron and should be ignored.

Will I Get Better?

Fibromyalgia goes up and down.  Some Fibro Warriors get worse, while other remain the same.  Most Fibro Warriors do not go into “remission” which is a term I use for the disappearance of all Fibromyalgia symptoms.  However, your symptoms can improve if you take an active role in fighting your condition.  Stop by my Feel Better page to find out how to start getting better.

Is Fibromyalgia Fatal?

No.  Despite the high level of pain; Fibromyalgia will not kill you.  There is no actual destruction of muscles, any other tissues, bones or joints.  It does not affect any of your internal organs.

Can Someone Catch My Fibromyalgia?

No.  Fibromyalgia is not a cold, bacteria or virus that someone can catch from you.

When New Symptoms Appear How Do I Know If It’s Fibromyalgia or Something Worse?

There are a lot of Symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia and their appearance isn’t always logical.  It is sometime difficult to tell if a new symptom is connected to your condition or if it caused by another medical condition.  Some warning signs that are not typical of Fibromyalgia and should be attended to by a doctor are:  acute pain that doesn’t subside, shortness of breath, high fevers, or profuse vomiting.

Is Fibromyalgia an Autoimmune Condition?

No.  Autoimmune conditions are when the immune system created antibodies against itself and these antibodies begin attacking our bodies from within.   There is no known autoimmune activity in connection with Fibromyalgia.  However, sometime people with Fibromyalgia may also have an autoimmune condition as well.

Do I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Probably not.  Extreme fatigue is a symptom of Fibromyalgia and people often wonder if they have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in conjunction with Fibromyalgia or that they are the same disease.

CFS is an autoimmune condition (a more recent discovery) and is not the same disease as Fibromyalgia.   They share a common symptom – Severe Fatigue.  Fibromyalgia Patients do not usually have CFS.

Do I Have A Thyroid Condition?

Sometimes people are misdiagnosed with Fibromyalgia when they actually have a thyroid condition.  Sometimes people with Fibromyalgia have a thyroid condition in conjunction with Fibromyalgia (I do!).  Make sure your doctor checks your thyroid.  I discuss this in further detail in my article: Diagnosing Fibromyalgia | Test Your Doctor Should Run.

Do I Have Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Both Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis are autoimmune conditions with similar symptoms to Fibromyalgia.

While there isn’t a definitive test for Lupus, you will have high levels of autoimmune activity in your bloodstream that can be detected through a blood test.

There is a blood test to test for Rheumatoid Arthritis that your doctor should run as well.

Read my article Diagnosing Fibromyalgia | Test Your Doctor Should Run to find out more about the test your doctor should run.

 

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