Fibromyalgia can also complicate the diagnosis of axSpA because, according to Dr. Ogdie, some of the symptoms of axSpA can overlap with fibromyalgia. She explained that “if you have pain and you aren’t sleeping well, you are going to have some of the brain fog and cognitive issues. … The challenge is that fibromyalgia commonly coexists with axSpA.”
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She concluded by stating that CRP can help distinguish fibromyalgia from axSpA because CRP should not be elevated in patients with fibromyalgia.
Lara C. Pullen, PhD, is a medical writer based in the Chicago area.
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