How do I know if I have fibromyalgia >?

Criteria. See a skilled practitioner who knows the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia (usually a rheumatologist or physiatrist). I recommend the american college of rheumatology criteria (published in 1990): at least 11 of 18 defined points are tender, pain on both left & right, pain above & below waist, longer than 3-6 months, other associated symptoms, and other causes excluded.
Med eval. Query re: diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Seen person w. widely ranging pain in four quarters back w. painful trigger points, depression, restless sleep, & no alternative diagnosis confirmed. Deconditioned obese females w. Joint Hypermobility Syndrome & multiple childbirths at risk. Either sex w. low back & pelvic girdle mechanical injury at risk. IMO sacroiliac joint subluxation is common & causal. .

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How do I know if I have fibromyalgia?

See a doctor. The best way to determine this is to see a doctor who is used to seeing patients with various types of pain. These doctors include rheumatologists, physiatrists, neurologist and orthopedists. These doctors know the appropriate medical work-up and can then suggest the best treatment. Read more...
Blood test. Recently, medical researchers have announced that they have discovered a blood test that is highly specific for fibromyalgia (fm). The test purports to relate imbalance of cytokines to fm, & the researchers consider fm an immune system disorder. However, other researchers have found cytokine imbalances in persons with sleep disorders without fm. Fm sufferers have sleep disorders. Who knows? Read more...
Fibromyalgia. Have a full workup from your general care practitioner to determine if fibromyalgia is the correct diagnosis. If so, pain management, preferably with as few pills as possible is of utmost importance. Here is the website of the American Academy of Pain Management: http://www.aapainmanage.org/ Read more...

I need help! How do I know if I have fibromyalgia or something else?

See details. You see your own doctor or a rheumatologist. You should be experiencing, soft tissue trigger point tenderness, morning stiffness, chronic fatigue and sleep disruption. Read more...
Multifactorial. FM "umbrella label" for several disorders, each defined by unique & distinct set of identifiable causal factors. Disorders with this label share similar symptom constellation. Unifying symptoms are chronic widespread pain, non-restorative sleep, depression & cognitive disarray. Causal factors include femaleness, childbirth, joint hypermobility, obesity, biomechanical injury & prolonged inactivity. Read more...