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Fibromyalgia 101


How is fibromyalgia connected to arthritis?

Expert:   Harry D. Fischer, MD, Chief of Rheumatology, Beth Israel Medical Center New York »

Arthritis and fibromyalgia may seem similar because they both cause musculoskeletal pain, but they're actually vastly different conditions.

Transcript: Fibromyalgia and arthritis are both rheumatic diseases, which means they both affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles of the musculoskeletal system. From there, the connection is less clear. Fibromyalgia is NOT arthritis because it doesn’t ONLY affect the joints. But, doctors who treat rheumatoid arthritis also have a part in treating fibromyalgia. Many remedies overlap. Also, evidence suggests that rheumatoid arthritis is a risk factor for developing fibromyalgia because there’s a high rate of fibromyalgia in people with RA. But, while there IS an association, it’s not a cause and effect relationship. To find out more about joint issues, watch other videos in this series. More »

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