Patient discussion about mode
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Q. Can fibromyalgia be diagnosed through laboratory test? If not, what is the mode of diagnosis of the same?
|A1||Yes, that is true. All the testing is done to rule out other problems, then they look at the 18 trigger points and other symptoms suffers have such as chronic fatigue, headaches, pain that has lasted more than three months, irritable bowel, disturbed sleep, restless leg syndrome, etc. That's why it is so frustrating for those of us that suffer with fibromyalgai. You are run through blood test, mri's, cat scans, reffered to different doctors and you begin to feel like you are nuts and " it is in your head" then when you get the diagnosis most often you are greatly releived just to know what is wrong. I also suggest using a doctor that treats fibromyalgai if you are beginning this "journey" b/c once I did I found everything alot easier and was explained the test why's and so forth alot better. I felt I was being tested b/c they didn't know what was wrong and I had insurance. Once I got the this is to rule out this b/c it has these symptoms you are experiencing I coped|
|A2||they do use laboratry tests in FM, but not the way you think...they do it in order to rule out differential diagnosis. there are many illnesses that are similar to FM, they need to do blood tests in order to confirm that it's not Lupus (for example).|
|A3||Fibromyalgia cannot be identified through laboratory tests. The American College of Rheumatology has established two criteria for its diagnosis: one is widespread pain and the other one is the presence of 11 of 18 specified tender points (or trigger points).|
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