I've been diagnosed with fibro in spite of a positive Ana test and family history on both sides. What are the differences between the two. The bulk of the symptoms seem to be the same. I also know that frequently the 2 are diagnosed together. But I don't have consistent immunologic panel results?
There are 4 key differences between Lupus and Fibromyalgia:
1. Lupus is an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to attack the body. Fibromyalgia is believed to be caused by abnormailities in how the brain processes pain signals.
2. Lupus causes inflammation and damage to body tissues. Fibromyalgia does not.
3. Lupus symptoms include fatigue, sore muscles, butterfly rash, kidney problems, breathing problems, and blood clots. Fibromyalgia symptoms include widespread pain in muscles and joints, and lack of quality sleep.
4. ANA blood tests are usually positive in lupus patients. Other conditions such as mixed connective tissue disease, RA, and Sjoren's syndrome have a positive ANA test. This blood test is negative in Fibromyalgia patients.