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How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Fibromyalgia is diagnosed using guidelines provided by the American College of Rheumatology. You doctor will begin by assessing your symptoms. If you have been experiencing pain throughout the majority of your body for more than 3 months, you may have fibromyalgia. The next step involves identifying tender points. You doctor will quite simply apply pressure to different parts of your body testing for soreness. If you experience discomfort in at least 11 of 18 tender points, then you will mostly likely be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. To be absolutely sure, your doctor may run some blood tests as well. These can't identify fibromyalgia, but they can be used to rule out other possible causes for your symptoms.

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