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Polymyalgia and Fibromyalgia both end in ‘myalgia’ which is pain in a muscle or group of muscles.

According to Healthline  the two conditions are similar in some ways as Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Fibromyalgia are both musculoskeletal conditions with some symptoms that are hard to tell apart.

Pain from Polymyaliga Rheumatica is pain and stiffness in the muscles specifically in your shoulders/upper arms (shoulder-girdle), and hips (pelvic-girdle). The pain often comes after you have spent time resting and especially when you first wake up from a sleep. Pain from Fibromyalgia can also be pain in the muscles in the same parts of your body as Polymyalgia but it’s more wide-spread and the pain can me more severe in Fibromyalgia. Symptoms also include tiredness, trouble sleeping, memory problems, bowel and bladder problems.

How to tell the difference between these two painful disorders can be quite hard? Your doctor may want to conduct a number of tests to make a diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica, including blood tests that look for an inflammation marker, imaging tests such as X-rays or ultrasound and checking for a condition called giant cell arteritis (biopsy). Diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be more difficult to achieve. No lab/diagnostic test exists that can accurately confirm a diagnosis. Your doctor may try to first rule out conditions with similar symptoms through blood tests, but a doctor more knowledgeable about Fibromyalgia is always helpful.

Both conditions give a lot of pain and using what you know about your condition to seek support from family, friends, co-workers, and your doctor. Taking steps to manage your specific symptoms can bring a feeling of control as well as relief.







double bedPutnams is a family run manufacturing business based on the outskirts of Plymouth, who are leaders in back care and have been manufacturing comfort solutions for over 30 years.

During this time they have expanded their range of pain relief products for everyday use, in the car, office and home. Their aim is to improve your posture, comfort and quality of life.

Putnam products are used and recommended by the medical profession, are available through specialist outlets in Great Britain, and exported across the world.

They also have back care advice and lots of products that help with pain. I personally use their mattress toppers and coccyx cushions and have done for years. In fact I have one which I leave at my sisters in Spain so that when we go on holiday I can be as comfortable as being at home.

My sister suffers from Polymyalgia which has flared up recently and she was really suffering with the pain during the night so when I recently left Spain I told her to try my topper. She just could not believe the difference and said she has had the best sleeps she has had in years since she has used it, so it’s not just helpful for back pain but for other ailments as well.