Multiple Sclerosis vs. Fibromyalgia

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Difference between Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia

Abnormalities in the performance of the central nervous system may lead to development of multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. In the case of fibromyalgia some studies have found correlations, but no direct causality has been yet established.

As both medical conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, it is important to pay attention to early symptoms and consult a doctor. There is no cure, but symptoms can be alleviated through various therapies.

Researchers worldwide try to better understand the causes for multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia in order to respond with effective treatment programs designed to reduce the level of pain suffered by the patients.

Multiple Sclerosis


Multiple sclerosis is a disease characterized by the damage of myelin sheaths protecting the nerve axons in the brain and the spinal cord. It is common for young adults and women are mostly affected by it. The scleroses are lesions in the white matter. Multiple sclerosis causes physical and cognitive disability.

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterized by chronic pain felt in the whole body and painful response to pressure. It affects 4% of the population with a higher incidence for women.


People with multiple sclerosis can suffer from neurological related symptoms such as numbness, difficulties with coordination, with speech and eyesight issues. Fatigue and chronic pain are other two reported symptoms. The patient feels very tired and has troubles with locomotion. The cognitive impairment associated with the disease leads to depressive states and fast mood changes. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis occur in episodes called relapses. These can be triggered by a cold, gastroenteritis or stress.

The defining symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic widespread pain. Patients also accuse painful responses to pressure. Other associated symptoms are a sensation of skin tingling, muscle spasms, limb weakness, palpitations, sleep disorders and headaches. Cognitive dysfunction is also a symptom of fibromyalgia leading to loss of concentration, memory issues, anxiety and depression.


There are certain therapies a person may try to alleviate the symptoms of the multiple sclerosis disease. During acute relapses, intravenous corticosteroids may be administered to reduce the intensity of the attacks. Five types of medication may reduce the number of relapses associated with the illness. They are interferon beta-1, interferon beta-2, glatiramer acetate, mitoxantrone and natalizumab. Alternative treatments are the use of herbal medicine or medical cannabis.

To alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia, cognitive behavioral therapy is recommended by some doctors. Antidepressants can also contribute to fight against pain and sleep disorders.

Similarities and Differences

  • Multiple sclerosis is a disease characterized by the damage to the myelin sheaths (outer layer of nerves) leading to physical and cognitive disability. Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and painful response to pressure.
  • Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include numbness, difficulties with coordination, fatigue and chronic pain. Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic widespread pain, limb weakness and sleep disorders.
  • Intravenous corticosteroids, five types of medication and herbal medicine can alleviate multiple sclerosis symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants are recommended in the case of fibromyalgia.

Which condition is more painful?
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia

Discuss It: comments 5

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  • suzanne smith wrote on June 2012

Is fibro nuerological or phyicalogical

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  • Warren Shaw wrote on September 2017

It's just been found out that it's a blood disorder,proteins called Liptins ( I hope I have spelt it right?) in your blood and they cause inflammation of the blood,women has more of this protein than men,that's why more women suffer from Fibromyalgia than men, men sometimes produce more liptin than most,but Doctors think it's genetic. Hope that helps and I hope that I have spelt the words right Lol! But you get the gist of it....😊

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  • jesegramm wrote on December 2017

I am a 64 year old female, I was diagnosed of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2008 (MRI), my symptoms started out with severe fatigue, poor balance, numbness, double vision, heat intolerance and anxiety. I was unable to go back to work, I tried Betaseron for about 6 years. Tried every shot available, all made me sick.

In November 2015, I started on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Herbal formula from NewLife Clinic, the treatment worked incredibly for my MS condition. I used the NewLife MS Herbal formula for a total time period of 4 months, it totally reversed my Multiple Sclerosis. I had a total decline of all symptoms including vision problems, numbness and others. Sometimes, i totally forget i ever had MS.

Visit NewLife Clinic web-site ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. I am very pleased with this treatment. I eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly. My attitude is extremely positive.

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 50. I was still mobile but use a cane. I had balance issues and some falling. I only took baclofen as the injectable medicine did not seem to help. I was about to try other oral medicines.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Mbeki Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Mbeki Herbal Clinic website ww w. mbekiherbalclinic. com. This treatment is a miracle!!

  • Guest
  • Finlay cedar wrote on May 2019

Been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2015, and I was a woman of 50. They put me on Rebif which I took until 2017 and was switched to Copaxone. I had two relapses on Rebif, none so far on Copaxone. I do notice my balance was getting worse, and my memory, as well as erectile dysfunction and spasms’ had no choice to sick for other solution and I was introduce to totalcureherbsfoundation .c om which I purchase the MS herbal formula from the foundation, the herbal supplement has effectively get rid of my multiple sclerosis and reversed all symptoms.

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