Shall, Fibromyalgia is a seperate disorder. It is not an autoimmune disease. There are no
known antibodies for Fibro. There is no bloodwork to test for fibro. The common complaints
are allover muscle achiness, fatigue and fog, there are others. These complaints are also
common in the Connective Tissue Diseases. Many people with fibro also have other illnesses,
some being autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases can cause high blood pressure,
but everyone who has high blood pressure does not have an autoimmune disease.
Some of the common things that can go along with fibro are IBS, insomnia and depression,
many of us have been found to be vitamin D deficient.
You will notice at the bottom of a person's signature other illnesses a person has. Fibro is
it's own illness, alot of us have other illnesses in common.
The plaquenil you are on will help with rashes, I was on it too but my rheumy swithched me
to Methotrxate. If you are taking plaquenil you will need to get a baseline eye exam and
be examined every six months. Folic acid is necessary to make red blood cells. I need to
take it because I'm on Methotrexate.
I think it is good that you are keeping track of your symptoms, also write down any questions you have for your doctor, it's so easy to forget. Take one day at a time and try
to be patient, it is frustrating but you will get through it. Take care and feel free to ask
questions, there is always someone here who cares, because we all do!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid. OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements