Today, May 12, 2011 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and the month of May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. In honor of those two occasions and because a number of our community members are living with both fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, Lene Andersen , the Community Leader for HealthCentral's RA site, and I interviewed each other about RA and FM. You can read Lene's interview with me and get more information about RA at MyRACentral . Lene Andersen is the Community Leader for MyRACentra l, our rheumatoid arthritis site. She has lived with RA for over 40 years, experiencing her first symptoms at age four, and has used a power wheelchair since she was 16. She developed fibromyalgia in 2004. Lene has a Masters degree in social work and has worked in corrections and the human rights field, but changed career tracks and is now working as a writer, health and disability activist and photographer. Karen: What is rheumatoid arthritis? Lene: RA is an...
If you talk with a room full of fibromyalgia patients, you're likely to hear quite a few stories describing years of uncertainty prior to finally receiving a fibromyalgia diagnosis. You'll probably also hear many accounts of being misdiagnosed with other illnesses before doctors determined that they actually had fibromyalgia. It's not at all unusual for fibromyalgia to be misdiagnosed as another condition and vice versa. There are several reasons FM can be difficult to diagnose :
Many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are the same as, or very similar to, other illnesses.
There are no lab tests or imaging scans that definitively identify FM.
Often people with FM also have other comorbid or overlapping conditions.
Following are 7 other conditions your doctor may consider in trying to determine if you have fibromyalgia, another condition, or both. 1) ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) ME/CFS is the condition that is probably most often confused ...
Today, May 12, 2011 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. As many of our users live with both RA and fibromyalgia, Karen Lee Richards - the Community Leader of our Chronic Pain site - and I interviewed each other about RA and fibro. Part One of this interview is about fibromyalgia symptoms, treatment and history.You can read Karen's interview with me on Chronic Pain.
Karen first became ill in 1989, but didn't receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia until seven years later. Karen's career as a writer and patient advocate grew out of her determination to learn more about her own illnesses and wanting to raise awareness about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS . She is the co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain illness that affects 2-5 percent of the population. The majority of people with FM are women, but it can also strike men and children. The main symptoms of FM are widespread pain, fatigue and sleep ...
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