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If there's a blood test for fibromyalgia, why do no doctors mention it?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: There's not one

Fibromyalgia is a 'diagnosis of exclusion' which means that the blood tests done during the work up of fibromyalgia are to rule out other possible diagnoses, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin deficiency, & others.
There is no test for fibromyalgia other than a physician taking your history & completing a thorough physical to determine if you meet the diagnostic criteria.

In brief: There's not one

Fibromyalgia is a 'diagnosis of exclusion' which means that the blood tests done during the work up of fibromyalgia are to rule out other possible diagnoses, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin deficiency, & others.
There is no test for fibromyalgia other than a physician taking your history & completing a thorough physical to determine if you meet the diagnostic criteria.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice

In brief: Because is none

? of existence of blood test for fibromyalgia and why it is not being used.
A blood test was discovered that showed positive in fibromyalgia patients and received wide press. The back story is that the test was positive for other conditions as well, so it is not useful for defining fibromyalgia, and probably measures general physiologic phenomena common to several chronic pain disorders.

In brief: Because is none

? of existence of blood test for fibromyalgia and why it is not being used.
A blood test was discovered that showed positive in fibromyalgia patients and received wide press. The back story is that the test was positive for other conditions as well, so it is not useful for defining fibromyalgia, and probably measures general physiologic phenomena common to several chronic pain disorders.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Thank
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