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Tuesday, November 24, 2009 jana15, Community Member, asks

Q: what is the difference between fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome?

I was diagnosed with CFS/fibromyalgia 12 years ago by my GP after a bout of glandular fever. Pain was never really a big problem and could usually be managed with over the counter meds and meditation. The major problems were a severe reaction to cold and constant tiredness.

 

I moved to a warmer climate 2 years ago and my health returned to normal. I was fit, healthy and very active.

 

Last December i received an electrical shock from water running through a light switch and subsequently started to suffer an enormous amount of pain along with other symptoms. Initially I thought it must have been the fibro but the type of pain I was experiencing was far more severe and quite different to what I'd experienced before and certainly couldn't be managed without very strong pain medication.Also, I was loosing the use of both my hands and my right foot ang leg were also becoming very painful.

 

I finally saw a pain management specialist in August and was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I am keen to learn more about the nature of both and if there is a link between the two or are they completely seperate conditions?

 

Thank you

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By jana15, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/24/09, First Published: 11/24/09