Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are two conditions that often overlap.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is an overwhelming feeling of fatigue or tiredness that is serious enough to restrict activity, is not relieved by bed rest, and that lasts for more than six months.
Fibromyalgia is chronic pain in key points of the body, including the knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and neck.
Both conditions exist independently of other illnesses, such as viral infections or cancers, and both chronic fatigue bring some common hardships with them. The main characteristics of the two are pain and fatigue. Other commonalities between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia include:
- Sleep difficulties: Fatigue in both conditions is worsened when pain and restlessness keep you from getting a good night’s rest.
- Exercise difficulties: Pain and fatigue can make exercise, and even the thought of it, more of an impossible task than an enjoyable part of life.
- Stress: Pain, fatigue, and everything else piled on top of each other can cause stress.
- Depression: Pain, stress, and other factors can lead to a feeling of lingering hopelessness in a downward spiral which can lead to long-term depression.
- Concentration and memory: Pain, sleep deprivation, and stress can take a toll on your mind’s ability to focus and retain information.
- Chronic headaches: All of the other side effects of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia can take a toll on the body, resulting in chronic headache.
Proper testing from your doctor will ensure the correct diagnosis between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.