Arthritis vs. fibromyalgia

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glorybee
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   Posted 10/30/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, everyone.  This is my first post and think I'm really going to enjoy this place. 
I've read about the symptoms in both arthitis and fibromyalgia sufferers and cannot tell much difference.......so, can anyone tell me the difference between the two and how do you discern which it is one has?  Do you just take the dr's word for it?  I've had a bunch of tests  and they tell me I have arthritis in the spine which is causing a pinched nerve.  Then I walk with ever so much caution, fearing another spasm down my leg.......white hot stings which practically ground me!!
Thanks for letting me let off steam  sad
gloria   
Glory


yalinda
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   Posted 10/31/2007 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome glorybee!  sorry we have been all out and about lately with no reply...... but dont let that get you down..... we will all soon be here to greet you!
 
i am not an expert so i feel a bit nervous to tell you a direct answer, but i will give it a shout out and i am certain someone may come along and add or correct me lol!
 
you ask about fibro verses arthritis...... well i will take it from a RA perspective if that is ok? 
 
i believe pain and fatigue are common in both situations so that way they are simular.  i think fibro hits larger areas like shoulders and hips where RA starts in smaller joints like fingers and wrists.  although shoulders and hips are often later effected ......... 
 
another variance is that RA is and auto immune disease so it shows up in your blood work with inflammatory markers where fibro does not show up in blood work, idthink?
 
i dont know if i have helped at all but i wanted to get a response out to you and welcome you......  some of our more knowledgable peps are perhaps not feeling their best to post or too busy with the halloween festivities in their homes. 
 
i am pretty certain you have some form of arthrits just not certain which type so  would ask........ take care and hope to hear from you again...... yally

glorybee
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   Posted 10/31/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Yally, thanks for your response.  It helps because a close friend of mine was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and her symptoms are so close to mine.  I just received a copy of my othopedist's letter and he diagnosed me with degenerative spondylolisthesis with stenosis at L4-5.  Now if I were more familiar with medical terminology, I'd know what that Greek stuff really meant! yeah    I still walk with a bentover attitude, especially after a spasm, and it hurts sitting in front of the computer for too long, so..........

Thanks again.


Glory


yalinda
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   Posted 11/2/2007 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
no problem. we have a few other peps with your diagnosis that may or may not see your post..... hopefully they will and they can share results with you. me i have RA and my arms and legs are my frustrations, but all in all i am doing fairly well. i am glad you found HW as we are a fun group all in pain together. join us on the moanin thread and get to know us a bit more.lol

babyplace
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   Posted 11/2/2007 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
Welcome to the thread!! You have come to the right place, people here have been a real lifesaver for me...they're wonderful.
I've got RA, so not too familiar with what your issues are, but just thought I'd welcome you, and also, if you haven't looked yet, Mayo Clinic has a terrific web site with all kinds of info, you may find some helpful stuff there.
Hang in there, and let us know how you're doing!

elcamino
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   Posted 11/5/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  Just to add a bit to what Yalinda said.  Fibromyalgia refers to the large muscles, not the joints, like RA.  It concentrated on the soft tissues instead of the harder joints.  That being said, I think it's difficult to tell the difference because joint pain is often referred to the muscles.  For example, I have RA (positive rf to support it), but the disease has not majorly attacked my hands so much as my hips and shoulders.  The pain in my shoulders, however, is often referred to my upper arms so it feels like a metal vise is squeezing my upper arms, or like I've been weight lifting all day (yeah, right :))   Rheumy said it was referred pain from the joints, though.  I think rheumys can often tell the difference just from the physical exam.  If they can detect swelling (that is not visible to the human eye), they're more likely to dx RA (especially if rf is present in blood).  In the absence of any physical findings, including labwork, fibromyalgia may be the dx. 

Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


glorybee
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone,  thank you for your posts.  Sorry I haven't gotten in here for awhile as I've been terribly busy feeling sorry for myself.  It's really amazing how little one gets done around the house when the body is filled with pain.  People ask me how I am and I'm of two minds as to how to respond.....do i tell the truth and start whining or   do I say 'oh, just fine!'

Actually I'm kidding here....

I'm going to hunt for that "back" book as one of you suggested.  Sounds worthy of hunting down.

Do you posters find that air pressure has a bearing on the amount of pain.  seems like  cloudy, rainy days give me more pain!!

 


Glory


whycave
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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
low pressure influences will allow swelling to increase above the level that the atmospheric pressure of the gases which surround us weigh....a low pressure presses less heavily and, as such allows greater swelling............

converesely, a hi pressure influence will push the inflammatory influences into where they are trying to escape,......and so......you have a lesser amount of swelling because of the atmospheric pressures influence on swollen tissue......
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