The Ugly Truth about Lupus and Fibromyalgia---- Is it True

Can It Be The Same Family

As you sit at a doctor’s office and you have Lupus and Fibromyalgia, listen to the patients waiting and you will hear how many women have both Lupus and Fibromyalgia. Yes, you are going to hear how many women will say, they have both diseases. Unknowingly, which one came first?

However, what about the two diseases that is so similar that you will most likely have them both at the same time. It is to close with the same symptoms, and what is even more important is the question. Are they cousins as far as the disease itself. Let’s say that this is something you hear often and you finally after seeing these patients on your monthly visits to your doctor you start asking yourself what is it that almost ninety-percent or more have both diseases. How is this related but you just cannot figure out how or what the reason may be.

As a patient to one or both diseases you have the right to wonder why almost everyone you know with one of these diseases, whether it is Lupus and Fibromyalgia or first diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and then Lupus. This is not uncommon, and I know that the entire medical scientist do not have the exact reason why someone might have Fibromyalgia and the exact reasons it responds and how to take care of the symptoms.

For example, let us start by looking deeper into Fibromyalgia and how long that it took to be a disease or even an illness. Discovering and when they finally put a name to the disease as years upon years ago, Fibromyalgia was a mysterious disorder, and even some patients were considered to just be a hypochondriac when they were in true pain and needed medical assistance.

Fibromyalgia was not discovered or named until the late 1800’s and this discovery was difficult as there was no way for them to test for this disease. Additionally, the doctor’s years ago had no physical features to look for in someone with this disease. Early on when finally discovered and named the only way that the diagnosis made was if the patient had complaints of chronic and severe pain in any of their muscles and had this pain for more than three months minimum. However, the new diagnosis and name came with the unknown way to help the sufferer of this disease. With no cure for us who suffer from Fibromyalgia and finally known this is a life- long and chronic disease that can flare up at any time, and or there are some whom do not get a break from the pain daily. The primary course of action to help with this disease was found to be treated with medications, stress management, and if possible some exercising.

Looking now further into the diagnosis of Lupus actually breaks down into three periods. For example, there is Classical, Neoclassical, and Modern. A doctor Rogerius first described classical lupus from the cutaneous disease and the name Lupus was in the Thirteenth Century. Believing that the facial lesions and or rash were from wolf bites and this was more fearful at that time causing less attention to help healing it. Odd it is but true; Lupus, in Latin means wolf, and has never changed since then. The Neoclassical Lupus diagnosed in the year of 1872. Made by the description of the disease’s systemic and or disseminated manifestation though the body and found by a medical dermatologist son Moriz Kaposi. Additionally, Kaposi even made the claim that there was more than one type of lupus, and found it to be systemic lupus and discoid lupus. In the year of 1948, was when discovered and named Modern Lupus, the researchers, and scientists discovered the cells in patient’s bone marrow. The history of both Lupus, and Fibromyalgia were difficult to find, worse the person whom had these diseases had no help until the final study, and yet even then they could not be treated correctly.

Today, both of these are real, there is a lot of information for Lupus, and this too is chronic with flare-ups for some or continuous. Therefore, what is the difference, and why do the patients with one of these seem to have the other disease to follow. I believe that there are not enough studies on both of these diseases to figure out that somehow their tied together.

As of today in the year of2012, approximately

1. More than 6 million people in the United States have Fibromyalgia

2. 1 in every 50 Americans will have Fibromyalgia

3. 80-90% of cases of Fibromyalgia is women

4. Fibromyalgia often co-occurs at least 65% of the time with Systemic Lupus

LUPUS STATISTICS FROM LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

As of today in the year of 2012 approximately,

1. Up to 2 million Americans have some form of Lupus

2. Lupus starts developing within the ages of 15-44 years old

3. Men can get Lupus however, 90% of all Lupus sufferers in America are women

4. Systemic Lupus accounts for a minimum of 75% of all suffers

Once again looking at both statistics of these two diseases show how closely their tied together. Maybe the doctors should start testing and treating of their patient to watch and help with the possibility of them getting both chronic and painful symptoms that also matches the same pain and the difference is that Lupus can become dangerous to the organs of some people, and Fibromyalgia does not.

LUPUS SYMPTOMS VS FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS

LUPUS SYMPTOMS
V.S.
FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS
JOINT PAIN
<-------->
JOINT PAIN
MUSCLE ACHES
<-------->
MUSCLE PAIN
FATIGUE
<--------->
FATIGUE
RASH
N / A
 
SENSITIVITY TO SUNLIGHT
<--------->
SENSITIVITY TO TOUCH
INFLAMMATION
<--------->
INFLAMMATION
SKIN IRRITATION
<--------->
SKIN IRRITATIONS
EXTREME TIRIEDNESS
<--------->
EXTREME TIREDNESS
INABILITY TO ENGAGE DAILY ACTIVITY
<-------->
INABILITY TO ENGAGE DAILY ACTIVITY
MORNING STIFFNESS
<-------->
STIFFNESS UPON WAKING
STIFFNESS THROUGHOUT THE DAY
<-------->
STIFFNESS IF IN SAME POSITION TO LONG
TROUBLE WITH CONCENTRATION & MEMORY
<-------->
DIFFICULTY WITH MEMORY, CONCENTRATING
SENSITIVITY OF LIGHT
<-------->
SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT, ODORS, NOISE, FOOD, COLD AND MEDICATIONS
MIGRAINES
<--------->
MIGRAINES
DEPRESSION
<-------->
DEPRESSION
ANXIETY
<-------->
ANXIOUS
WEIGHT CHANGES
<-------->
WEIGHT CHANGES
SWELLING OF HANDS AND FEET
<-------->
SWELLING EXTREMITIES
AS YOU CAN TELL THERE ARE SEVERAL COPY CAT SYMPTOMS ONCE AGAIN SHOWING HOW CLOSELY RELATED LUPUS AND FIBROMYALGIA ARE. THIS CAN CAUSE THE WRONG DIAGNOSIS FOR YEARS AS TO WHICH ONE IF NOT BOTH DISEASES THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

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Comments 7 comments

Patrick 4 years ago

Lupus can kill you; Fibromyalgia simply takes your life away.


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worldssweetest 4 years ago from Indiana Author

Patrick,

Thank you for adding to the article as you are correct, the one main

thing, is Lupus can damage organs within the patients body. They do have some medicines to slow that down however the worst area affected would be the lungs and heart. Please do not get me wrong as I know it can attack many organs.

Fibro is a daily miserable painful disorder and that will not cause damage to organs, unless the patient spends to much time lying down or not moving around due to the pain as this can cause blood clots in the legs and other areas. This is why if you have surgery and will be down in bed from it the hospital will put the white nylon type knee high socks and depending how long they expect the patient to stay laying down they attach a leg stimulation to both legs in order to make sure blood clots do not form.


Deb 2 years ago

My Sister has Lupus and RA. I have Fibromyalgia. They can be genetically inherited also.


Debra Haywood 2 years ago

I was diagnosed with lupus, (after nearly three years of misdiagnoses) while halfway through my nursing training. It was fairly mild going at the beginning, then it got worse. I went through several hospitalizations and illnesses, adding two extra years to my schooling. I then begin my career in nursing. After which I suffered several injuries requiring surgery. I then decided to pursue my BSN. Did I mention that I was raising three small children throughout all of this. So I begin school once again. All went well until my final year, when

I suffered another unjury requiring surgery once again. Since it was the end of the course and all I had to complete was the final exam, someone from the school came to my house and sat with me while I completed the test. I received my BSN and continued with my nursing career. It went well, except for the usual injuries, most requiring surgery until I switched jobs. At my new job, I met a co-worker who also had lupus. She noticed my slow movements and increased pain, and suggested that I get tested for fibromyalgia. I didn't even know what that was, so I called my rheumatologist and set up the tests. In the meantime, I researched the illness. I was diagnosed with yet another chronic debilatating disease, and told to learn to live with it as best as I could.

I continued my nursing career, switching from hospital care to home care. It proved less stressful on my joints, while still being able to use my skills.

Slowly, my joints became too painful to allow me to work, so I retired and am now living on SSD. Which is not as rewarding, but less stressful on my body. I recently started attending exercise classes at the Senior Center here in town, because they are less stressful on my joints while still providing movement and increasing flexibility.

I really miss working and helping people get better, but I realize that it is no longer an option for me.


mandee 2 years ago

I also have lupus and ra...everyday it's not only a physical battle but also a mental one. I too have children, a 6 and 7 year old who have just way too much energy for me at times. I have gone to school and am now working, not in the field i went to school for but one that I am most proud of and one that is not too physical. I have listened to people for years say "Why don't you just stay home and collect disability?" Well excuse me for not wanting to give up on my dreams and teaching my children if there is anything you want in life, you have to work for it,it wont be handed to you. But sometimes, when it hurts too much to get out of bed, or I'm too tired to go on, I think of how easy it can be, to "just stay home and collect disability." Nothing at all against the ones who do, I have respect for you, but for me personally it just feels like giving up, my minds not ready to do this although my body was a long time ago.


dorothy 20 months ago

does anyone have sever itching with lupus/fybromyalgia. I can't stand it.


Dr. Bill 16 months ago

There is a book that you can read about treating both disorders in a way that leads to permanent cure. It is called Healing Back Pain by John Sarno, MD.

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