Characteristics of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue include chronic widespread pain which are diagnosed by 11 out of 18 tender trigger points. Other symptoms include low energy, brain fog, sleep problems, and memory problems.
Characteristics of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) include distractibility, impulsivity, "hyperreactivity, concentrate/focus problems, forgetfulness, etc.
Note: Not everyone with ADD/ADHD has Fibromyalgia
The Fibromyalgia/ADD Connection
There are several articles below which explain the connection between Fibromyalgia (FMS) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
ADD/ADHD and Fibromyalgia (FMS): Where Is the Connection?
Glenda H. Davis, MD, and Patricia Stephens, CNC
Two years ago we raised the question, "Is there a connection [between ADD and FMS]?"(2). We believe there is, since ADD and FMS: a) respond to the same medications (stimulants), b) have similar symptoms, c) run in the same families. An ADD work-up typically evaluates emotional and behavioral, but not physical, symptoms, whereas an FMS work-up usually evaluates physical, but not emotional or behavioral, symptoms. But when ADD and FMS patients are asked the same questions, the similarities between these two conditions are more obvious...
Fibromyalgia (FMS) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): There is a connection!
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