The fibromyalgia and lupus connection is very strong based on the simple fact that fibromyalgia and lupus can look very similar on the surface, but in fact they are really very different medical disorders. Unlike the auto-immune disorder lupus, fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disorder and does not cause any major inflammation. It also does not interfere with major organ function.
The chronic fatigue pain, and muscle stiffness caused by fibromyalgia can sometimes be difficult to bear for those suffering with FMS. This makes it very important to seek the appropriate medical treatments in order to help you deal with the symptoms of FMS. Unfortunately, because there is so little that is known about this medical disorder, that many patients are often misdiagnosed by their medical doctor. Every year in the United States, thousands of FMS syndrome sufferers are actually diagnosed with lupus, a chronic auto-immune disorder.
The confusion between the lupus and fibromyalgia connection may be due to the fact that many of their symptoms are so very similar. Like FMS symptoms, lupus symptoms tend to come and go, and can take the form of sudden, severe flare-ups. Like fibromyalgia, lupus is also associated with extreme fatigue, muscle pain, and circulatory disorders. In fact, up to 30% of lupus sufferers also develop fibromyalgia syndrome after they have been diagnosed. However, it is very rare for FMS sufferers to also develop lupus.
It is important that you make sure that your health care provider diagnoses you correctly for fibromyalgia syndrome instead of lupus. Many FMS sufferers who have been diagnosed with lupus have received treatment that has provided them with little or no pain relief and which has instead only complicated their medical condition. Likewise, if you do have lupus, please ask your health care provider to check out for fibromyalgia also, so that you can begin to treat those lupus fibromyalgia symptoms effectively as well.