Lachlan + Cathy

cfs-fibromyalgia-difference

Recently I answered a question that nobody ever asks: “What’s it like living with a chronic illness?” Anyone?

Now, I want to answer a question that a reader did ask me the other day: “What’s the difference between CFS and fibromyalgia?

Here is what I can tell you (information gathered from dozens of doctor’s appointments and hundreds of hours of reading and research).

Put simply, with CFS the dominant symptom is fatigue; with fibromyalgia the dominant symptom is pain (however, many of the symptoms overlap). In reality, though, both are just umbrella terms describing conditions with known symptoms but no known cure and no standardised diagnostic test.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that you could line up a dozen people with CFS and/or fibromyalgia and, although most would report the same or similar symptoms, the cause of each person’s ailments could be completely different.

Further, as…

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