Anemia and Fibromyalgia

Many fibromyalgia patients have other conditions in addition to fibromyalgia.  Additional conditions can make fibromyalgia symptoms worse and make daily tasks difficult to handle.  One of those additional conditions that fibromyalgia patients may also suffer from is anemia, a blood disorder that causes extreme fatigue and many complications.

The symptoms of anemia creep up on most people. They start out pretty mild but can quickly become severe.  In addition to fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting, loss of concentration, feeling cold, pale skin and depression are also signs that a person may have anemia.

It is possible that many fibromyalgia patients have concurrent anemia. In other words, they may have anemia alongside their fibromyalgia.  However, because symptoms of the two conditions are similar, many patients are not diagnosed with anemia when they should be. If you find yourself suffering from extreme and debilitating fatigue, talk to your doctor about getting tested for anemia.  Anemia can complicate your fibromyalgia symptoms and makes things even harder for you. A simple blood test is all it takes for an accurate diagnosis.

Anemia is easily treated. It can generally be managed through medication or dietary supplements.  Most patients take vitamin injections or iron supplements to correct iron levels. Further, most treatment can be administered at home with little monitoring. 

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2 Comments

  1. I have been diagnosed with chronic anaemia. osteo arthritis + fibromyalgia. experience muscle pain, weakness, lost feeling in fingers, cant do minor physical things. impairment in speech and memory.

    1. I am so sorry to hear that. My RA has caused me to struggle with my hands and it has been hard for me emotionally as I am freelance writer and legal assistant – both jobs where I spent alot of time typing and at the computer.

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