Clarify..muscle or joint?

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   Posted 8/8/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I normally post on the Crohn's forum, but thought I would jump over here to clarify something I have been confused about.
When I was dx'd with FMS in 2003 I was told that the difference between FMS and arthritis symtoms/pains is the location. At the time the ER dr I saw thought it was RA, but my family dr referred me to a Rhuemy because he thought it was FMS and wanted a second opinon. The Rhuemy who dx'd me said FMS is muscle and arthritis is joints. As most of you know it is becoming more apparent that auto-immune diseases run together so no shocker that lots of people with Crohn's have FMS. I am lucky that I also have psoriasis..the more the merrier I guess! LOL!! Anyways...alot of people have posted/replied that they have joint pain and that it's caused from FMS, so I'm confused. Can anyone clarify for me or is there a definite difference?
For the last 3 years I have controlled my FMS to a point without meds most of the time. An occasional pain pill or muscle relaxer if needed but most of the time I'm great. I know I have to keep my stress level down and there are things that I can't eat because they cause PAIN! I also work really hard to sleep as much as I can at night. Right now I am 34 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and NOT sleeping at all (maybe 3 hours a night on a good night). It is causing SO many FMS issues that I am about to scream. Back spasms, cramps, numbness and tingling at night of my arms, RLS...UGH!!!! I'm glad I only have a few weeks of this left and hopefully I can get back on track. Thanks in advance!!  
Fibromyalgia DX March 2003
Crohn's DX Jan 2006 (Symptoms since 96-Misdiagnosed as "female" problems-Major flare during pregnancy in 05 which lead to DX)
1st resection July 2007
Currently on Remicade/8 weeks

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   Posted 8/8/2008 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Chastity, I just learned something new today, thanks to you!  I just got done telling someone that the joint pain that I feel is due to fibro because I get it and then it disappears.  (Fibromyalgia affects muscles, tendons, and ligaments so it can feel like your joint is hurting but it's really muscular.) I didn't think arthritis ever disappeared since it damages your joints.  But then I just checked it out and there is something called reactive arthritis that is auto-immune, of course!  So this may be playing into it, too.  Here is a link from the Mayo Clinic about it.
I have heard that fibromyalgia is not an auto immune problem but I sure think it is.  I have fibro, Crohn's, diabetes, and auto immune inner ear disease.  Everything I have is auto immune.  Fun, huh? 
There is a definite difference between fibromyalgia and arthritis, though.  Go to the Fibro 101 thread.  It is the second thread from the top of the forum.  There are links in there with good information about fibro.  There is a link to symptoms of fibromyalgia.  You may see many things that you are experiencing there.
If, after having your baby, you are still experiencing problems, be sure to ask questions.  We may be able to help you.  You do have to be careful what you take, since you are pregnant so I won't go into that now.  But, you may find hot showers and moist heat beneficial.  I have a rice bag that I heat in the microwave that gives off moist heat for nearly a half an hour.  It does feel good.  Also, on that Fibro 101 thread, there is a link to gentle stretching exercises that will help you.  Walking is great for you too.  You do need to keep moving to keep the muscles flexible. 
I hope some of this helps you.  It's hard to explain since the doctors don't even know what causes fibro.  Some doctors, who live in caves, don't believe it exists!  Let them crawl in my body sometime!  devil
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