What Are the Criteria to Diagnose Fibromyalgia?

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain. There have been different definitions for it actually, but the most common thing is that the patient must have widespread pain affecting the body throughout. On both thighs, the torso as well as the legs and at the same time it's considered to be a condition that affects the body's threshold for pain.

So in the past what we used to think about was tender points. If somebody had 11 out of 18 tender points then they could be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Those tender points were located at specific areas where people usually feel pain, so that was one of the issues. If people usually feel pain in this area, how do you know that they have fibromyalgia from this and if it's problem with the body's natural threshold for feeling pain then with this specific about these points?

There is also a gender bias because women tend to to have more sensitivity at those tender points. So for example men who have fibromyalgia are often being missed or not diagnosed with the condition. Now one of the criteria is to look at widespread pain in a variety of areas in the body but also to look at some of some other symptoms that might be affected.

People may have constipation or diarrhea, they may have bowel issues, they may have headache as well, they may have numbness and shingling. They kind of looking at a distance to look at the overall symptoms.