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Syndromes that often Overlap CFS/ME, FM, OI

Compare & Contrast Irritable Bowel Vulvodynia
Chronic Lyme Chronic Pain Post War Illness
M. Chem Sensitivity Interstitial Cystitis More Syndromes

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Compare & Contrast Irritable Bowel Vulvodynia
Chronic Lyme Chronic Pain Post War Illness
M. Chem Sensitivity Interstitial Cystitis More Syndromes
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Thankfully, many dedicated persons with and organizations for CFS, FMS, & related disorders have web resources available on a variety of subjects. We've grouped similar items, references, and links to facilitate research and referencing. There are several pages, but a complete index on each page. Use 'Search' to find more in our newsletters, media pages and other sections.

About Overlapping Disorders: Comparing and Contrasting

When Pushing Stops Working - Awareness Day Teleconference by Brosius & Gilbert
Symptoms and syndromes including Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, and others that have stress sensitivity as an integral part are discussed for 3 hours by an herbalist specializing in chronic neurological conditions and a support group leader.

FM and ME/CFS – The Same, Related, or Different? by Karen Lee Richards
The question as to whether fibromyalgia and ME/CFS ('chronic fatigue syndrome') are the same illness, closely related illnesses, or completely different illnesses has been debated by physicians and scientists for many years.
ProHealth, 4-15-2009

CFIDS and Overlapping Disorders: Variations on a Theme? By Katrina Berne, PhD
Includes comment on Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and IBS,
Gulf War Illness, Lyme, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder (MCS), Endometriosis, Depression, Postpolio Syndrome. The CFIDS Chronicle

What are Chronic Multi-Symptom Illnesses (CMI)? By Daniel Clauw, MD
Includes comment on Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Exposure Syndromes (Gulf War Illness, Silicone Breast Implants, Sick Building Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), Somatoform Disorders, MVP, NMH, Vulvodynia & VVS, IC, esophogeal dysmotility, non-cardiac chest pain, cognitive difficulties, ENT complaints, vestibular problems, IBS, migraine, TMJ, sleep disturbances. U of MI, Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research

Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Is There a Connection?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by the presence of chronic widespread pain. It affects at least 2% of the general population, primarily women. Additional symptoms associated with fibromyalgia include fatigue, insomnia, nonrefreshing sleep, and cognitive "fogginess" (known as fibrofog). Patients with fibromyalgia are also likely to experience 1 or more co-occurring regional chronic pain syndromes, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular joint disorder, and tension headaches, over their lifetime. For example, it has been estimated that between 32% and 70% of individuals with fibromyalgia also meet criteria for IBS. Patients who experience multiple syndromes and/or comorbid conditions present a more complex clinical scenario that requires special consideration, and such patients tend to have worse outcomes. This review focuses on the current knowledge regarding similarities and overlap between fibromyalgia and IBS and their treatment approaches as a basis for understanding the pathophysiology of pain. Data from various types of studies show a significant overlap between fibromyalgia and IBS in terms of symptom profile, underlying pathophysiologic processes, and response to treatment.
MedscapeCME Rheumatology, Afton L. Hassett, PsyD; Daniel J. Clauw, MD. 6/28/2010

Our autonomics have gone astray with 6 resulting conditions. By Mark Pellegrino, MD
Six conditions that are the result of dysfunctional autonomics in FM: irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, depression, anxiety disorder and panic attacks, migraine headaches, and near-syncope. Excerpt from Fibromyalgia Up Close & Personal at ProHealth

CFS and Overlapping Conditions (FM, MCS, IBS)
CFS Research Review, Spring 2004, By James N. Baraniuk, MD

CFS & FM Symptom Comparison Table
Compiled by Melissa Kaplan 1999

Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities
What do they have in common?

Alison C. Bested, MD, FRCP. July 2006 Issue, Hospital News, Canada

Overlapping Disorders: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome,
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Gulf War Syndrome

Albert Donnay, MHS, Executive Director, MCS Referral & Resources

Integration Advocacy: Unintended Consequences
Craig Maupin, CFIDS Report

Myofascial and Visceral Pain Syndromes: Visceral-Somatic Pain Representations
Includes comments on myofascial pain syndromes (MPS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), noncardiac chest pain, fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), chronic pelvic pain (CPP), interstitial cystitis (IC), and urogenital pain syndromes: vulvodynia, dyspareunia, testicular pain [orchialgia], urethral syndrome, and prostatodynia. - Robert D. Gerwin, MD
 Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain [Haworth Medical Press] Vol. 10, No. 1/2, 2002, pp. 165-175; and: The Clinical Neurobiology of Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain: Therapeutic Implications [ed: Robert M. Bennett] The Haworth Medical Press,  2002, pp. 165-175

Fibromyalgia: The Muscle Pain Epidemic
Is it ME by Another Name? (Part 1)
- Leon Chaitow ND, DO, MRO
"Other Conditions Which Are Extremely Common with Fibromyalgia Include:
Allergies, chronic rhinitis (almost constant runny nose), easy bruising, night cramps, restless leg syndrome, dizziness (sometimes caused by the widely prescribed anti-depressant medication given to help the sleep problems in FMS), sleep apnoea (breathing seems to stop while asleep), dry eyes and mouth, bruxism (teeth grinding), extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia), premenstrual syndrome, digestive disturbances, viral infections, Lyme disease (resulting from tick-bite), itchy skin - with or without a rash, loss of hair, sensitive bladder, mouth ulcers, generalised muscular stiffness, ‘foggy’ brain (difficulty in concentrating and poor short term memory), dyslexia (wrong words come out or what is read is not understood), panic attacks, phobias, mood swings, irritability, a feeling of hands and feet being swollen without evidence of fluid retention."

ME / CFS :: An Illness Of Many Names ... Sleepy Dust
Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS) , Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ,  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
Tapanui flu (New Zealand), Icelandic disease (
Iceland), Royal Free Disease (UK).
Myalgic Encephalopathy, Chronic Fatigue And Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (or CFIDS ).
Hypothalamitis (
Reverse therapists).

Common misspellings of fibromyalgia: fibro myalga, fibro mialga, fibro maligia, fibro mailgia, fibro mayaglia, fibro milagia, fibro myealgeia, fibro myalja, fibro myalgea, fibermialga, fibermalgia

What Are:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (aka CFS, ME, CFIDS),
Fibromyalgia (aka Fibro, FM, FMS),
Chemical Sensitivity (aka CS, MCS, EI)

Chronic Lyme Disease

MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Irritable Bowel Syndrome / Irritable Bowel Disorder

Chronic Pain

Interstitial Cystitis

Post War Illness

More Syndromes

Vulvodynia / Vestibulodynia / Vulvar Vestibulitis

Disclaimer: NoVA CFS/FMS Support Group members are not medical, counseling, or legal professionals. Please seek qualified practitioners for diagnosis, treatment and legal advice.  

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