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What tests are used to diagnose fibromyalgia?

There are no lab tests or imaging tests that can diagnose fibromyalgia. However, your doctor may run tests to look for, and rule out, conditions such as low blood counts or thyroid disorders that may have similar symptoms to fibromyalgia. Your doctor may have you fill out a questionnaire, such as the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, or the Health Assessment Questionnaire to better determine what symptoms you are experiencing. With fibromyalgia, people tend to have points on their body that are particularly sensitive to pain. Typically, four or more of these points make the diagnosis of fibromyalgia more likely. Your doctor can determine if you are more likely to have fibromyalgia by conducting a physical exam, and documenting whether you have any points of pain or tenderness.

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