Fibromyalgia is a relatively new chronic pain condition to health practitioners and the public. However, in recent years, fibromyalgia awareness has made the condition known to more and more people. Those who suffer from any unexplained painful ailments find themselves asking “do I have fibromyalgia?”. If you belong to one of these people, you may want to do a fibromyalgia self test before heading to the doctors.
How to Diagnose Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition that affects the muscles, soft tissues and joints. Around two percent of the overall population of the United States suffers from fibromyalgia. Its various symptoms are closely linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Systemic Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are no reliable diagnostic test for fibromyalgia just yet. A patient has to have 11 out of the 18 characteristic tender points and have suffered from the symptoms for more than 3 months to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It is also diagnosed by ruling out other health conditions that could be responsible for the underlying symptoms of fatigue, multiple tender points and widespread muscle pain.