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How is fibromyalgia diagnosed from tender points?

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Your doctor can test your tender points during a physical exam. They’re spots on your body that are extra sensitive to pain or pressure. You should tell your doctor the exact pain you feel in those areas. Tell them about your other symptoms of fibromyalgia, like deep muscle pain, tiredness, sleep problems, and irritable bowel syndrome.

For a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, you must feel widespread pain for at least 3 months.

From: Fibromyalgia Tender Points WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "What is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Is It?"

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What is Fibromyalgia?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia."

McIlwain, H., and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Mayo Clinic: "Fibromyalgia."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 3, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "What is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Is It?"

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What is Fibromyalgia?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia."

McIlwain, H., and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Mayo Clinic: "Fibromyalgia."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 3, 2018

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