Pain and swelling in your joints can make just about any activity miserable. Anything from opening jars to gardening in your yard can ruin your day. Oftentimes, we just assume that our pain is caused by arthritis but it turns out there are many other conditions that have the same symptoms that mimic arthritis.
In this article, we will cover the conditions commonly mistaken for arthritis and the distinguishing characteristics to help you determine which condition you may be suffering from. If you are concerned about your health, always be sure to talk to your doctor to get a firm diagnosis and a treatment plan developed for your situation.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects the whole body. It causes pain in the joints, predominantly while at rest. Sufferers can also have other symptoms like brain fog, depression, anxiety, headaches, and sleep problems. It can be a difficult condition to diagnose as there is no specific fibromyalgia test and the symptoms mimic so many other diseases.
What sets arthritis apart from fibromyalgia is that arthritis is localized to bone joints. Another key difference is that in arthritis the pain and discomfort get worse with use. Patients with fibromyalgia tend to feel worse with rest. Thankfully, there is testing to diagnose arthritis to help your doctor differentiate it from fibromyalgia.