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What are the ACR criteria for fibromyalgia?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
To receive a fibromyalgia diagnosis, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has identified criteria to help doctors. You must have a history of widespread pain for at least three months. The pain may be in the left or right side of your body and above or below the waist. Also, the pain may be in the neck, front of the chest, middle of the back, and/or lower back. Along with this widespread pain, you must have pain in 11 of 18 trigger point sites. These are areas of localized tenderness that are far more painful or tender than the surrounding areas. Trigger points are often present at tendons, in the soft tissues over bones and in the muscles. 

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