Is it Lupus or Fibromyalgia?

April 24, 2009  
Filed under Lupus

You ache all over, can’t sleep and your joints hurt like you just went 10 rounds with a sumo wrestler - and lost. As you put more makeup over your ruddy cheeks you wonder - could I have lupus or fibromyalgia?

The answer might surprise you. Lupus patients can also have fibromyalgia, a condition where your joints and tendons hurt, especially when pressure is put on them. So how do you find out if you have a true autoimmune disease or an inconvenient but not life-threatening syndrome called fibromyalgia?

Lupus erythematosis (LE) requires the presentation of at least four diagnostic criteria, the most common of which are a rash on your cheeks, known as a malar rash, a positive antinuclear antibody test (ANA), a positive LE prep and positive anti-DNA antibodies. Notice the lack of emphasis on symptoms such as joint pains, muscle aches, fatigue, sleep problems and depression.

Fibromyalgia can develop in lupus patients, but only AFTER the above serology tests have long been positive. In fact, many poorly trained rheumatologists slapped a diagnosis of LE on people with only a weak positive ANA when they actually had fibromyalgia.

So if you are concerned you might have LE, demand these blood tests, and if NONE of them are positive, focus on finding a cause for your fibromyalgia, such as irritable bowel syndrome, PMS, or even low serum ferritin levels. REMEMBER: THERE ARE NO BLOOD TESTS OR X-RAYS THAT DIAGNOSE FIBROMYALGIA, so save your money and frustration.

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3 Responses to “Is it Lupus or Fibromyalgia?”
  1. Paul says:

    And you can have many others the worst I have seen is 5 autoimmune diseases on 19 medications. These autoimmune diseases like Lupus are interesting and also a bit alarming, there are approximately 80 to 100 with another 40 waiting for a name. Medical science cannot explain why and has not found a cure for even one. You can trigger one of them just by taking aspirin, medication or by starting a new exercise routine, even too much stress says latest research. Naturopathic medicine says, “Look for the root, it is in the basics beginning with what is on your fork, what toxins are in your body, what exercise do you do, what stress is in your life, what is your spiritual base”. Scientific arrogance has led us down the wrong path we better stop and take a close look at what is happening. This month 150 new chemicals will be added to the 85,000 which are part of the autoimmune problem. They will be added too industry with no oversight control at all. Autoimmune disease is the worst kind of contradiction; for a Lupus sufferer you are attacking your body with your immune system, a world upside down. God bless you in your search.

    Sincerely
    Paul

    Ps Here is a challenge, on a piece of paper write down as many diseases as you can think of then put them as a search on Google one at a time and add the word epidemic you will see that almost all of them are epidemics. Is anyone in modern medicine awake?

    • Kelly says:

      In my humble opinion, we, in the US, have become a society of greed (which has become very obvious with the recent Wall St. fiasco) and arrogance (evidenced by the AMA’s refusal to accept the fact that some alternative therapies have worked for thousands of years, and continue to work).

      However, I also believe that we are slowly, but surely, moving in the right direction. On a national scale, insurers are steadily broadening the types of alternative therapies that receive coverage… as well they should, if we want to drive down the cost of health care. It’s long amazed me how insurance companies have no problem shelling out millions/billions of dollars to cover things like back surgery, yet won’t cover Chiropractic care. It’s good to see that more insurers ARE now covering Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy. Hopefully, as we move toward health care reform, other therapies will be included as well.

    • Cathi says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with this statement …“Look for the root, it is in the basics beginning with what is on your fork, what toxins are in your body, what exercise do you do, what stress is in your life, what is your spiritual base”.
      As someone who has been dealing with Lupus for 30+ years and has had a lot of time to investigate and contemplate all the possibilities I have often wondered if this “overactive” immune system of mine is just doing it’s job. Afterall my immune system has attacked all my connective tissue, organs, etc., and isn’t that just where all the toxins are stored?
      And as a side note: I think the only reason that I have been alive this long is because I haven’t paid homage to the Pharmaceutical Companies

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