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What is the difference between Fibromyalgia and MS?

Asked by Deborah , Last updated: Oct 12, 2020

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Ben

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Ben , Professional Gamer, Styria

Answered Nov 27, 2020

People may often think that Fibromyalgia and MS are the same. There are some differences between the two. MS is the shortcut for Multiple Sclerosis. This is a type of condition wherein the immune system will start to mistakenly attack the central nervous system. When this happens, the protective coating of the nerves will start to become affected until, eventually, the nervous system will be impacted. Fibromyalgia is considered to be one of the most complex conditions that people may have. People who have this condition often report that different parts of their body may feel stiff for a time. Pain may also be felt over time. Those who have this condition may have a heightened feeling of pain. Meaning slight pain may feel overwhelmingly painful.
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E. Stanley

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E. Stanley, Technical writer, Indianapolis

Answered Aug 06, 2020

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disease, and it occurs more in women than in men. Some of the symptoms include increased pain or sensitivity at specific points of the body, overall fatigue, depression, and anxiety. The muscles are generally achy and painful with no discernable reason why. Sometimes the muscles feel like they are on fire; it hurts so bad.

Pain in fibromyalgia is particular, as it is felt all through the body in the middle or low part of the back, chest, neck, and throughout the legs. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease. Once again, women procure it more than men. Multiple Sclerosis is considered by demyelination plaques, strewn in the white matter of the brain and spinal cord.

In multiple Sclerosis, there is a damaged immune system response. The inflammation leads to certain complications and injury develops. Some of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis is the feeling of electricity passing along and down the back, feeling of cold or warming limbs, and coordination problems. Even though fibromyalgia is a relatively new disease, it is less invasive and far easier to treat compared to multiple Sclerosis.

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W. Kaye, Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered Aug 04, 2020

Fibromyalgia and MS, also known as Multiple Sclerosis, are known to be conditions that may be mistaken for each other. There are times when they are mistaken for each other. MS will be targeting the central nervous system. This will affect the brain, the optic nerve, and the spinal cord.

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition. This is normally chronic, which means that it can affect people for a long time. This will cause pain throughout the body, especially in certain tender points which can make it harder for people to move. In MS, the person who has this will not be able to move, but in fibromyalgia, the person will find it hard to move because of the extreme pain.

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K. Shadrach

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Answered Jul 31, 2020

Fibromyalgia and MS are two types of chronic diseases. MS stands for multiple sclerosis. Fibromyalgia affects certain parts of the body, while MS attacks the nervous system. Another difference between them is in regard to the age in which it affects a person. Fibromyalgia affects those between the ages of 25 to 60, while MS only affects those between the ages of 20 to 40 years old. The symptoms are an easy way to tell the difference between them because each condition brings on different symptoms. A person with MS will experience issues with sensory, fatigue, and pain. A person with fibromyalgia will experience—anxiety, depression, as well as pain.
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