What are the differences between CFS and FMS?

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Judy S
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/28/2006 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been posting in the FMS forum, but would like to know the differences beween FMS and CFS. I have not been the same since I had hypothyroidism, then mono. My Doctor thinks I have FMS, but may fall between FMS and CFS. I have doing well since I was put on Lexapro 5mg a year ago, but I had a bad flare up 2 weeks ago where I had aches very bad for 4 days. So I upped it to 10 mg a day, 5 mg at 7:30 in the morning and another 5 mg around 10 am (or I get so sleepy I can't function at work). Before this, I had 2 flare ups that only lasted a day so when the bad flare up happened, I didn't know for sure what to do. I called my Dr. and he prescribed flexeril. Lately, whenever I spend a day cleaning and doing laundry, by later in the afternoon/night, my legs are just burning and aching so terribly. Also, for the last 3 weeks, my calves burn and hurt every morning and evening, sometimes throughout the day. I have trouble with the fog in my brain, I get into blue funks, go form diarrhea to constipation, etc. When I look at all the symptoms of CFS and FMS I seem to have alot of the symptoms of both...how do you tell the difference? I saw a post earlier where someone said their were differences. An ideas would be greatly appreciated :) confused
Melanoma, 1987 (almost 20 yr cancer survivor!) Hypoglycemia, FMS, Hypothyroidism
RX: Synthroid, Lexapro, Flexeril
Supplements: Vitamins, Calcium with D

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 5/28/2006 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy. I'm not sure how well I can answer your question but I'll try. First of all, there are a lot of similarities between the two. However with CFS, I hear more about low grade fevers and swollen glands than I do with FMS. Also with CFS activity/exercise can make symptoms worse - I'm not sure how activity affects FMS. I bet there are other differences that I'm not aware of. Some people are diagnosed with both FMS and CFS. It would be worth talking to your doctor about.

If you have other questions about CFS, I'll try to answer.

Take care and I hope you get some relief from your symptoms soon.

Diagnosis:  Suspected Lupus 2004; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; CFS 1991; Mono 1985

Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 10mg; Neurontin 200mg; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain

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