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How can my doctor tell that I really have fibromyalgia?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
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In brief: Fibromyalgia

FM is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body.
To be included in the diagnosis of fm, this pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine for a minimum of three months.

In brief: Fibromyalgia

FM is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body.
To be included in the diagnosis of fm, this pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine for a minimum of three months.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Betty Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Complete evaluation

A complete evaluation, including a history, physical exam and lab tests to exclude other causes for your symptoms.
It is important to make sure you have an accurate diagnosis.

In brief: Complete evaluation

A complete evaluation, including a history, physical exam and lab tests to exclude other causes for your symptoms.
It is important to make sure you have an accurate diagnosis.
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice

In brief: Via estimations

24 yo female queries how doctor can be certain of fibromyalgia (FM) diagnosis.
In truth he can't. FM is label for symptom constellation that gathers as admixture of diverse etiologies; several bio-mechanical injuries to the body's soft tissue systems. FM seems to be a multifactorial disorder: femaleness, multiple childbirths, mechanical injuries, obesity & inherited Hypermobility Syndrome.

In brief: Via estimations

24 yo female queries how doctor can be certain of fibromyalgia (FM) diagnosis.
In truth he can't. FM is label for symptom constellation that gathers as admixture of diverse etiologies; several bio-mechanical injuries to the body's soft tissue systems. FM seems to be a multifactorial disorder: femaleness, multiple childbirths, mechanical injuries, obesity & inherited Hypermobility Syndrome.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management

In brief: No way

There is no imaging study or lab test that diagnoses finromyalgia.
It is a clinical diagnosis of exclusion. Depending on history and physical exam appropriate imaging and lab studies can rule out other disorders. Fibro will present as widespread pain with no other cause associated with muscle tenderness to soft touch, depression, anxiety, irritable bowel, headaches, cystitis, poor sleep etc.

In brief: No way

There is no imaging study or lab test that diagnoses finromyalgia.
It is a clinical diagnosis of exclusion. Depending on history and physical exam appropriate imaging and lab studies can rule out other disorders. Fibro will present as widespread pain with no other cause associated with muscle tenderness to soft touch, depression, anxiety, irritable bowel, headaches, cystitis, poor sleep etc.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
FM can be diagnosed by a test.  In 2010, Wolfe F. and Wolfe F. et al published a questionnaire that purports to inclusively and diagnostically identify FM patients.  It logically follows that diagnosis of FM is not a "diagnosis of exclusion".  The authors point out that patients should also be subjected to usual and customary medical evaluations to identify other medical disorders. REFERENCES: 1) Wolfe F.  New American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia: a twenty-year journey.  Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2010 May; 62 (5): 583-4; and 2)  Wolfe F, et al.  The American College of Rheumatology preliminary diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia and measurement of symptom severity.  Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2010 May; 62 (5): 600-10.
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