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When You Have Fibromyalgia & Lupus

By November 20, 2008

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Overlapping Condition of the Week: Lupus

Fibromyalgia and lupus are very similar-seeming illnesses that frequently go together. They share many of the same symptoms (pain, fatigue, brain fog), they're both marked by flare-ups and remissions, and they're both hard to diagnose. They're each frequently diagnosed as the other, and lupus appears to make you predisposed to fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia, however, doesn't seem to increase your odds of getting lupus.

Even though the symptoms are so similar, what's going on in your body is different. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation, while fibromyalgia is a neurological condition that's not associated with inflammation. Lupus can attack your organs, while fibromyalgia can't. These problems require different treatments, so misdiagnosis can be dangerous to your health.

While fibromyalgia doesn't make you more likely to contract lupus, you have the same risk as anyone else. It's a good idea to be familiar with the symptoms, especially those that are distinct from fibromyalgia, such as the butterfly rash and possibly bald patches on the scalp.

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November 20, 2008 at 10:58 am
(1) Sam Rogers says:

I urge anyone affected by lupus to visit the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) web site the world’s largest private funder of lupus research. 100 % of all contributions to the ALR goes directly to support lupus research programs. Together, we will find a cure!

August 12, 2013 at 1:53 am
(2) Juli Wood says:

I don’t believe that Fibro is not associated with inflammation.
I have had Fibro for over 45 years and only get some relief if I take Lodine (for the inflammation).

November 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm
(3) Jo says:

I think Fibromyalgia does not a link to inflammation. Otherwise, we wouldn’t get muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatories prescribed to us. After having Fibromyalgia for awhile now, I recently was diagnosed with Lupus. I have both illnesses going on at the same time, though I am surprised at the lack of resources for fighting the similar yet very different illnesses at the same time.

March 22, 2014 at 4:13 am
(4) Vika says:

I have fybro & lupus I’m in pain most of the
the time my question is : why do my legs
Hurt so bad ? Does anyone else have
This trouble ?

March 22, 2014 at 8:26 am
(5) Bridget says:

I was diagnosed with Lupus Sle, Raynaud’s syndrome and Fibro. I am on steroids and have been on steroids for over a year. I continuously have flare ups… recently I can’t even get out of bed. My lower back aches, my ankles, knees, hips, wrists are so sore I feel they are wound up tight like a rubber band. I can’t help but cry in the mornings I feel so helpless from the pain and severe fatigue.

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