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Diseases that mimic Fibromyaliga & Chronic Fatigue

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Lupus:
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder caused by chronic inflammation. Lupus affects the body’s organs, creating symptoms including headaches, irregular heartbeats, and inflammation. Lupus like fibromyalgia are often called, “female diseases”. Lupus can sometimes be confusing because there are three types of lupus. The three kinds are systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus erythematosus, and drug-induced lupus. Just like fibromyalgia there is no known cause for lupus. Just like fibromyalgia it is suspected that hormones have a role to play in the condition.

Cushing’s syndrome:
Cushing’s syndrome is a disorder that has to do with over-exposure to cortisol, which is a hormone. This hormone is supposed to regulate blood pressure, balance, and reduces inflammation it is also connected to our stress response. Just like fibromyalgia Cushing’s syndrome affect more women than men. Just like fibromyalgia Cushing’s syndrome has the same symptoms that fibromyalgia does including muscle pain, depression and fatigue.

Osteoarthritis:
One of the most common of arthritis’s is osteoarthritis also known as degenerative joint disease. This is a condition that affects joints and cartilage that is located between joints. Pain is a big symptom of osteoarthritis just like fibromyalgia. Another symptoms they have in common are stiffness. Like fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis has morning stiffness and muscle pain too. People with fibromyalgia can also have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect the entire body and like fibromyalgia can affect both men and women.

Rheumatoid arthritis:
Severe joint pain and muscle pain are the two most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis just like in the condition fibromyalgia. Joints can become swollen and painful, even deformed. Individuals with this condition can have a great deal of difficult performing everyday tasks just like those who have fibromyalgia. Just like fibromyalgia women are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis.

Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism,” it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. The estimates vary, but approximately 10 million Americans have this common medical condition. In fact, as many as 10% of women may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency. Hypothyroidism is more common than you would believe, and millions of people are currently hypothyroid and don’t know it.

Cervical spinal stenosis
Cervical spinal stenosis affects the spinal canal causing irritation and tightening of the nerves causing possible blockage of the cerebrospinal fluid, which in turn affects the nervous system. The symptoms include tingling, weakness, numbness and pain just like with fibromyalgia.

Lyme disease
Lyme disease and fibromyalgia have a lot in common including symptoms such as widespread pain, muscle stiffness, and great fatigue.

Addison’s Disease (adrenal insufficiency)
Adrenal insufficiency is an endocrine—or hormonal—disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of certain hormones. The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys. Adrenal insufficiency can be primary or secondary.

Primary adrenal insufficiency, also called Addison’s disease, occurs when the adrenal glands are damaged and cannot produce enough of the hormone cortisol and often the hormone aldosterone. Addison’s disease affects one to four of every 100,000 people, in all age groups and both sexes.1
Secondary adrenal insufficiency occurs when the pituitary gland—a bean-sized organ in the brain—fails to produce enough adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), a hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. If ACTH output is too low, cortisol production drops. Eventually, the adrenal glands can shrink due to lack of ACTH stimulation. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is much more common than Addison’s disease.

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Written by Mobile Speech Pathologists

September 11, 2010 at 7:00 am

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