Fibromyalgia or depression?

Significant mood disturbances are part of the clinical picture of fibromyalgia. Lowering of the mood or depression and anxiety are the most frequent. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. The disease is accompanied by a number of various vegetative symptoms. Pain and vegetative symptoms do not respond at all, or hardly respond, to the usual treatment. A proper diagnosis and the start of suitable therapy only come after several years of FMS duration. In this period of time it often leads to malfunction of social relationships in the family, social and working environment. All this must have a negative impact on the ill person's psychological condition. It causes significant mood reduction in the vast majority of cases. In some cases depression is diagnosed.

Complex character of fibromyalgia

It is believed that fibromyalgia is not a single nosologic unit (sickness) (lat. morbus) but it is a complex disease (greek syndroma) having diverse causes (background) (greek aetiology) and a common, very complex clinical picture. People with widespread peri-joint (joint surrounding) tissue pain of the "fibromyalgia type" also have various multiorgan functional disturbances (vegetative) that accompany fibromyalgia but are also similar to the somatic symptoms that accompany depression and/or neurosis. It may also be noted that antidepressands are used in the therapy for both cases. Because of this some scientists have formulated the supposition that fibromyalgia might be a certain form of depression, previously called masked depression.

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