What is the difference between Lupus and Fibromyalgia?

I have sever joint pain all over my body, and have other symptoms such as dry skin, irritable bladder and depression. Both syndroms seem to fit well and my blood results came back inconclusive.
My Specialyst Dr’s are just as confused.

What is the major difference between the two?

Written By Soniamiller

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  • Ailionora March 22, 2009, 11:45 am

    Lupus is where your body attacks it’s own cells causing immune responses and pain. Fibromyalgia pain is more neurological. Although not everyone with fibromyalgia experiences this, a feature of fibromyalgia that from memory lupus doesn’t have, is for the ability in fibromyalgia for the pain to start in one area and then spread throughout the body. Has the rheumatologist done a trigger point test to indicate fibromyalgia?