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Fibromyalgia vs. Peripheral Neuropathy

How Can You Tell the Difference?

If you experience chronic pain or stiffness of the body, you may be wondering if you have fibromyalgia or peripheral neuropathy.

Learn the difference between the two as we bring awareness during National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12th.

What Is It?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes pain throughout the body. Peripheral neuropathy is a general term that covers multiple conditions resulting from peripheral nerve damage.

Causes

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. Possible factors include genetics, stressful event triggers, sleep disorders, or underlying health issues like osteoarthritis or TMD.

Peripheral neuropathy is likely caused by other conditions like autoimmune diseases, diabetes, kidney failure, inherited disorders, shingles, alcoholism, or malnutrition.

Symptoms

Fibromyalgia symptoms come and go and include:

  • Stiffness of the body
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Migraines
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Painful bladder
  • IBS

Peripheral neuropathy symptoms are ongoing and include:

  • Numbness in limbs
  • Tingling in joints
  • Freezing sensations
  • Electric-like pain
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Coordination issues
  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle weakness

Treatment

Fibromyalgia treatment includes pain relievers, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and antidepressants. Peripheral neuropathy treatment includes electric cell signaling, light therapy, and medication.

It is important to note that neither fibromyalgia nor peripheral neuropathy has known cures.

Life Begins When Pain Ends at Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas

Whether you are experiencing symptoms or have a previous diagnosis, Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas is here to help you get your life back.

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Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas has an 80% to 90% success rate at treating patients with non-invasive and safe treatments.

When you work with our team, you can expect quick pain relief. Request an appointment online or call (972) 441-5634 today to get on your path to a pain-free life.