Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Increased fatigue and joint aches are common symptoms of menopause. However, if these symptoms persist for six months or longer, it’s important to see your clinician for evaluation. Both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can present with similar symptoms, including severe fatigue not alleviated by rest, poor sleep, and cognitive difficulties. While the causes of fibromyalgia and CFS are unknown, they often occur in different age groups, with CFS typically affecting younger individuals and fibromyalgia occurring in middle-aged adults. Fibromyalgia is diagnosed based on criteria set by the American College of Rheumatology, which includes symptoms of pain, fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and sleep disturbances. Hormone therapy and an exercise regimen can be beneficial for managing symptoms, and there are FDA-approved medications available for fibromyalgia. Keeping a journal of symptoms can aid in diagnosis and treatment planning.

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