- What is Fibromyalgia?
- Dealing with Chronic Pain
- Chronic Pain Disorder
- Fibromyalgia Treatment
- Natural Treatments
Diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be extremely difficult due to the fact that symptoms of fibromyalgia often mimic the symptoms of many other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, certain cancers, chronic fatigue syndrome and autoimmune conditions. It often takes years for fibromyalgia to be diagnosed, and many people are misdiagnosed in the meantime.
Unfortunately, there are no specific tests that can definitively diagnose fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is diagnosed when other conditions have been ruled out, thus tests that can help with the diagnosis of fibromyalgia are usually tests that exclude other illnesses. Some of the more common tests that people may undergo include:
The American College of Rheumatology has set forth certain criteria that experts feel should be met in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Some experts disagree with the criteria, believing that the criteria are too restrictive and may miss some people who actually have fibromyalgia. The criteria are:
Positive findings of widespread pain of long duration and tenderness on palpation of tender points as above, coupled with negative findings of disease on any other diagnostic test performed, makes the diagnosis of fibromyalgia more certain.
Diagnosis should be made by a physician familiar with fibromyalgia and its findings.
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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.
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