It can be helpful to look at the differences between Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Differences between Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis:
|Fibromyalgia||Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)|
|no joint swelling||joint swelling|
|no joint heat||joints feel hot|
|moving pains around the body||pains stay put|
|no response to anti-inflammatory medications||responds to anti-inflammatory medications|
|also has fatigue and sleep problems||no fatigue|
|also has muscle pain and aches||no muscle pain|
Rheumatoid arthritis can be tested from a blood test, however Fibromyalgia has no clear test available yet.