Fibromyalgia’s hallmark symptoms of fatigue, widespread pain, sleep problems, and difficulty concentrating are not unique. Many other conditions share some of these symptoms.
Fibromyalgia’s many nonspecific symptoms—and the fact that there is no widely accepted diagnostic test for the condition—means that fibromyalgia can be misdiagnosed as something else.
Less well known symptoms of fibromyalgia include irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, menstrual problems, jaw issues, and hypersensitivity to noises and light. The doctor must also take into account the tendency for people living with fibromyalgia to have at least one additional medical condition.
Celiac Disease, Lyme May Be Misdiagnosed
Getting the correct diagnosis is important, so treatment can be tailored to the individual’s situation. Fibromyalgia may be mistaken for one of the following six conditions, among others:
- Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity
- Hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s disease
- Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis)
- Myofacial pain