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   Posted 4/10/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Just out of curiousity, i was wondering... can someone have both FM and CFS? I thought it was that you just have one or the other, but a friend of mine (the only other person that I know personally with FM) says her doctor diagnosed her with both. How is that possible?

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   Posted 4/10/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Rache, yes, you can have both.  Actually, some doctors think they are one and the same illness.
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   Posted 4/10/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
 I  was diagnosed with both in Dec of 08.   I was totally suprised.   I had convinced myself that it was rh. arthr.  I just turned 42 this month and I teach 1st grade. tongue

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   Posted 4/10/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Rache,
In 1999 I was dx'd with CFS then in 09 I was dx'd with FMS.. Dr thinks it was FMS the whole time.. I don't know. I just know I've felt this way for-e-v-e-r-r-r-.
So, either, I have one or the other or both, it was brought on by my Lyme Disease. My Lyme episodes started in 1995. Either way I think they are treated pretty much the same way.

Hi Stang!! Yikes a room full of 1st graders and FMS... you're like my hero!!! :)

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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagnosed with both. My docs seem to think that both fit since so many of my symptoms are common for both. I also have symptoms that are strictly FM and others that are CFS.

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   Posted 4/10/2009 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with both. I can often tell the which one is flaring according to how I feel. It is definitely possible. Both illnesses cause pain and exhaustion, just different types and locations.

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