Patient Comments: Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Fibromyalgia - Diagnosis

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What tests did doctors use to diagnose your RA and/or fibromyalgia? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Susie too, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

My doctor thought I was exaggerating my fibromyalgia symptoms until I said the pain in my legs, knees and below my skull was so horrific, I couldn't sleep. Then I thought I had a good night's sleep, but my husband said I hadn't taken pregabalin for my postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Consultants say it's untreatable as I take the pregabalin for my PHN. I am at a loss now what to do. They say having postherpetic neuralgia for 4 years has caused my fibromyalgia as I've the rare cold PHN.

Comment from: ConfusedMom72, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

My rheumatologist tested me for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) factor, CCP, only once complete blood panel, and ESR several times. Because my ESR was up both times and my RA factor was only 14 and my CCP was negative (not sure why she only tested this once in two years), she put me on prednisone. She said if it was fibromyalgia it would not work but if it did work it showed it was indeed inflammatory (which I thought that ESR would show anyway). Prednisone worked. Going back on 7th to get a diagnosis.

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