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How can my doctor tell if I have fibromyalgia?

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Your doctor may tell you that you fibromyalgia if you:

From there, you’ll talk about a plan to manage it. With the right treatment, most people who have it live a normal, active life.

  • Have a widespread pain index (WPI) score of 7 or more and a symptom severity scale (SS) score of 5 or more
  • Have WPI of 3 to 6 and an SS score of 9 or more
  • Have had symptoms at the same level for at least 3 months
  • Don’t have any other condition that can cause these symptoms

From: How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association: “Diagnosis.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fibromyalgia.”

American College of Rheumatology: “2010 Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria -- Excerpt,” “Polymyalgia Rheumatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Fibromyalgia (Beyond the Basics).”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Fibromyalgia: The Information and Care You Deserve.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association: “Diagnosis.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fibromyalgia.”

American College of Rheumatology: “2010 Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria -- Excerpt,” “Polymyalgia Rheumatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Fibromyalgia (Beyond the Basics).”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Fibromyalgia: The Information and Care You Deserve.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

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