My doctor took a blood test for muscle arthritis, is this the same for Fibromyalgia. Would it show up for that also? I have all the symptoms but he said that test came back negative.

Muscle arthritis is a term

Muscle arthritis is a term that can refer to many disorders, including fibromyalgia. Some can be more readily diagnosed through abnormal blood test results. In fibromyalgia, blood test results are usually normal. This does not mean you do not have fibromyalgia, but may help rule out other similar conditions.

Here are a few terms for you:

Myositis- inflammation of muscle tissue

Polymyositis- muscle inflammation and weakness

Dermatomyositis- soreness, pain and inflammation of the muscles, accompanied by a rash

Polymyalgia Rheumatica- causes muscle pain, usually in the neck, shoulders and hips

Lupus- an autoimmune disorder which can cause muscle pain, among a host of other symptoms

My guess is that your doctor may have been testing your blood for inflammatory markers that might have pointed to one of these conditions.Because symptoms can be so similar, it can be confusing differentiating among them. Fibromyalgia is often a diagnosis of exclusion.

Hope this helps!

Jennifer Bunn, RN

I was wondering what kind of

I was wondering what kind of test I need to take to find out if I do have Fibromyalgia? Is there one in particular that is better than another? Do I need to go to a rheumatologist rather than my family doctor. I am in a lot of pain and he just keeps taking more and more blood tests. Please help me if you can. Thanks, Cindy

Hi Cindy, There are no

Hi Cindy,

There are no specific tests for fibromyalgia, unfortunately. Fibromyalgia is diagnosed when all other conditions have been excluded and the criteria for fibromyalgia have been met- i.e. pain in all four quadrants of the body for at least 3 months and the presence of tender points (11 out of 18).

My opinion is that you should ask to see a rheumatologist, who specializes in muscle, joint and bone pain. I'm sure your family doctor is being thorough. The blood tests are to rule out other conditions, and if your family doc does not do these, another doc will. Be sure to ask for copies of all your tests to take with you when you go to the rheumatologist.

I hope you get some answers soon!

Jennifer Bunn, RN


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