Is there a difference between them? Are they treated by the same medical professionals? I’ve been diagnosed with Fibro for awhile now but have more of the predominant features of ME/CFS. Treatments seem to be similar. Thoughts?
Fibro is a central nervous disorder, whereas ME/CFS is a neurological disorder, yes they both overlap in signs & symptoms, and it is incredibly confusing as to which is which, but a well trained GP or specialist can tell the difference, there is as you would no real diagnostic tests for both conditions, although the is a blood test called FM/a it is not widely recognised by medical professionals or insurance companies or social security (Centrelink Australia) and it is not cheap so I won't be spending $100 to have it done.
ME/CFS & Fibro signs & symptoms also overlap with Lupus, Ankylosing spondylitis, Thyroid, MS, etc which are autoimmune disorders and it is not surprising that these sort of conditions are coexisting with fibromyalgia and or ME/CFS, hence the need for the raft of blood tests GP will send you off to have, and if they think you need to see a specialist they will refer you on to either a rheumatologist or neurologist.
I was diagnosed with ME/CFS long before fibromyalgia and I saw a neurologist after the ME/CFS diagnosis, for suspected MS and or epilepsy (thankfully I have neither, well we hope), it was an allergist specialist who diagnosed me, and I was eventually diagnosed with ME/CFS & fibro by a rheumatologist. I also have Polymyalgia, Raynaud's, Thyroid, multiple foods & chemical allergies (some life-threatening) and they suspect I may have Ankylosing spondylitis.