POLYMYALGIA -V- FIBROMYALGIA – OR COULD YOU HAVE BOTH?…

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Both polymyalgia and fibromyalgia may causedepression related to living with a painful chronic condition. According to theMayo Clinic, older adults, usually over age 65, are more likely to be diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. It’s rare in people under age 50, but anyone can get #fibromyalgia at any age. But it tends to be more common in women than in men.

It is possible for a person to have both polymyalgia and fibromyalgia. Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory form of arthritis, that’s believed to beautoimmune, meaning that the body is attacking its own healthy tissues because it mistakes them for infectious agents such as viruses or bacteria.Fibromyalgia does not show traditional signs of inflammation, though some recent research from2017suggests it may also involve inflammation.

Blood tests can usually diagnose polymyalgia, however, no single test can determine if a person…

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Published by peter petterson

Father of four, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of six. Resides in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Living happily in retirement and enjoying the company of my many young descendants.

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