There are no specific tests that can
confirm a diagnosis of
fibromyalgia. You will likely have
lab tests to make sure that you don't have another condition causing your symptoms. Your doctor will also ask questions about your
medical history and do a
Doctors use a set of criteria
to diagnose fibromyalgia. These include:
Widespread pain. Pain is considered to be widespread if it is above and below your waist and on the right
and left sides of your body.
Other symptoms such as fatigue, trouble sleeping or feeling unrefreshed in the
morning, and trouble thinking. If these symptoms are severe, widespread pain may not be as important in the
Symptoms that have lasted for at least 3 months.
No other medical explanation for why you
feel this way (for example, another health condition or disease).
Fibromyalgia is sometimes diagnosed or described using pain and tenderness at 18 specific spots on the body,
or tender points. You may also hear these called trigger points.
A person may not meet these criteria but may still
have fibromyalgia. That is why diagnosis can be so difficult.
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March 12, 2014
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