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7 Conditions You Might Be Mistaking for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia | rear view close up of woman with neck pain

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a medical puzzle: The symptoms are so common that its both underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed for similar problems. Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system that causes widespread pain, says Seth Lederman, physician, scientist, and co-founder and CEO of Tonix, a pharmaceuticals company. Most often people with this long-term illness are fatigued, have sleep problems, and are plagued with tenderness throughout the body, especially in the neck, shoulders, arms, back, hips, and legs.

While the cause of fibromyalgia is unclear, doctors believe the condition may run in families. But because there are no blood tests or scans to easily diagnose it, many physicians have trouble detecting the disorder. Here are some common conditions your doctor may consider before diagnosing you with fibromyalgia.

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