How Doctors Diagnose Fibromyalgia
Updated: 5 days ago
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If Fibromyalgia could be summarized in one word, that word would be PAIN.
Sufferers of Fibromyalgia experience soreness, tenderness, and pain that can range from a throbbing ache to a burning sensation or a feeling like needles are stabbing them. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that leaves people so sensitive that even the slightest touch causes them to feel pain.
The exact medical translation of the term, Fibromyalgia is “pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons.” However, if you have Fibromyalgia, you will know that this definition falls far short of explaining the range of effects the condition causes you.
Besides chronic pain, Fibromyalgia is also characterized by overwhelming fatigue, muscle stiffness, sleep disturbance, brain fog, mood changes, headaches, migraines, and irritable bowel symptoms, and more.
Fibromyalgia can be extremely difficult to diagnose. There's no specific medical test, no accurate blood test or x-ray, and varying ways being used to diagnose Fibromyalgia. The variability in type and frequency of symptoms has also made a proper diagnosis very elusive. This has led to many instances of misdiagnosis.