How has the diagnosis of fibromyalgia changed over the years?

UCLA Health
Administration Specialist

The way in which fibromyalgia is diagnosed has changed over the years. For a long time, doctors diagnosed fibromyalgia if people had certain painful points on their body. But this is no longer how they make the diagnosis. There is new, complex criteria used to diagnose fibromyalgia. Essentially, if you hurt in many body parts, have signs of nonrestorative sleep that last for more than three months and no other explanation for your symptoms, then you have fibromyalgia.

However, if you hurt in just a few of body parts but have very prominent signs of nonrestorative sleep, you also may be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. 

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