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How is fibromyalgia different from arthritis?

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Fibromyalgia causes pain, soreness, and fatigue. Like arthritis, it affects your joints and can hurt enough that it keeps you from doing daily activities. But it doesn’t damage your joints or muscles.

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: “Fibromyalgia.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia.”

The Arthritis Foundation: “Fibromyalgia Treatment.”

National Fibromyalgia Association: “Treatment.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia.”

CDC: “Fibromyalgia Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: “Fibromyalgia.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia.”

The Arthritis Foundation: “Fibromyalgia Treatment.”

National Fibromyalgia Association: “Treatment.”

FDA: “Living with Fibromyalgia.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia.”

CDC: “Fibromyalgia Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

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