If you are a fibromyalgia patient you already know about the multitude of symptoms that rack your body. Some symptoms seem to come and go overnight followed by new areas of pain and concern. Where did these pains come from? You wish this disease would make up its mind and let you suffer the pains you recognize and stop jumping all over your body. You’re an emotional wreck from not knowing what to expect next. Maybe some of these pains and aches are not from fibromyalgia.
The answer may lie in one of your other conditions that often mimics fibromyalgia and its many symptoms. Conditions such as lupus, sjogrens, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis among others often have interrelated or similar symptoms to fibromyalgia.
One example is a condition called sica which causes dry eyes and dry mouth. Many patients come into our clinic complaining of these symptoms. Although a separate condition, sica is commonly found in fibromyalgia patients.
A number of months ago there was an article published on CNN Health. The article was concerning a number of diseases that doctors misdiagnose. Fibromyalgia was one of those diseases because it is difficult to diagnose do to the lack of objective tests such as blood chemistry, urine test, MRI studies, CT Scans, xrays, etc. that can establish a diagnosis. Many of the stated diseases in the study include, irritable bowel, hypothyroid, celiac disease and various forms of headaches and others. Not only are these difficult to diagnose, many have interrelated symptoms that make diagnosis even more difficult.
In the upcoming articles we will look at conditions and symptoms of many of these other diseases that make your fibromyalgia symptoms confusing. We will be evaluating diseases such as hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, lupus, sjogrens, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and others because all of these conditions have symptoms that are also found in fibromyalgia patients. As has been previously noted the condition of fibromyalgia makes all other conditions symptoms worse. Your headaches are worse, your Celiac condition may be aggravated and your arthritic symptoms are more painful. However, when fibromyalgia is brought under control through our protocol, all other conditions and their symptoms improve.