Fibromyalgia symptoms can vary greatly and overlap with many other health conditions, which can make it much more difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia – especially because the underlying mechanisms still aren’t fully understood.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a specific test for fibromyalgia, and that is why it’s so important to fully understand the symptoms in order to distinguish a fibromyalgia diagnosis from other ailments.

Fibromyalgia diagnosis also relies on tender points – these are areas of the body where additional pain is felt when pressure is applied. There are 18 tender points that are tested, and previous testing relied on 11 tender points to show positive in order to make a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, this isn’t very reliable as tender points can come and go in fibromyalgia patients, so one day they may experience 11 and other days it may only be five.

Although tender points may still be used in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, there is now more widespread testing, which is used to get a better diagnosis.


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