What’s the Link Between Lupus and Fibromyalgia?

What’s the link between lupus and fibromyalgia?

Lupus and fibromyalgia (FMS) are sometimes misdiagnosed for the other. Because their primary symptoms can be very similar. Besides, quite a number of patients with one disease also suffer from the other. However, the two are totally different conditions.

The key difference between these two diseases is that

  • Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. And it can cause mild to severe damages to the skin, joints, and internal organs.
  • Whereas FMS is a neurosensory disorder, causing pain all over the body.

People with FMS don’t tend to develop lupus, but people with lupus are at a higher risk of FMS. So far, we don’t know why. It’s possible that the pain of lupus leads to central sensitization, which is a key feature of FMS.

Until researchers find the causes of these conditions, we won’t understand their relationship to each other.


Keywords: lupus fibromyalgia

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