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Diagnosed w/ RA and Fibromyalgia. Ideas to Cope?

I have been diagnosed with severe RA and Fibromyalgia. I’m am currently doing Humira injections twice a month.

My question is, how do I tell the difference between fibromyalgia pain and RA pain? I hurt continually.

Any ideas or suggestions for how I can cope with this and still function?

  1. Hi Sarah! You came to the right place. A lot of other community members have experienced RA and fibromyalgia. Your question of how to separate the difference is a good one and also something of interest for other community members. I'm sharing several threads that will be of interest to you:

    https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/q-and-a/fibromyalgia-flare/

    https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/q-and-a/do-i-have-fibromyalgia-or-ra/

    https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/q-and-a/ra-or-fibromyalgia/

    The replies here in each of these threads sheds lots of insight. If you have other questions or comments please let us know! I am so sorry you're always in pain and I know it's not easy. You're not alone and others here get it.

    -Reggie (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member)

    1. Hi Sarah,

      I hope that the Humira is bringing you some symptom relief. I can't help much when it comes to distinguishing Fibromyalgia from RA, but I can talk about coping.

      I have had RA symptoms since childhood and was diagnosed almost 5 years ago at age 30. I also live with Crohn's disease and chronic migraines, so I am unfortunately very familiar with pain, and chronic pain at that.

      Here's what I've found to help.

      Physically: Warmth. My body responds best to warmth, so heated blankets or heating pads are really helpful to keep my joints relaxed. Also, hydration seems to be really important to my body in supporting my joints.

      Mentally/Emotionally: take good care. Talk to a therapist, friends, family. Journal. Watch and read and listen to things that bring you joy or keep you interested or help distract you. Play games on your phone to keep your mind busy. Laugh when you can.

      Please let me know if you have any specific questions. You're not alone!

      Warmly,
      Amanda RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

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