What’s the Link Between Lupus and Fibromyalgia?

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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