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Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The doctor will check for tender (trigger) points of pain in the body. These points are located around the neck, shoulder, chest, hip, knee, and elbow. Most healthy people have only a few tender points. People with fibromyalgia may have 11 or more when touched.

Blood tests may be done to look for other causes of the symptoms. This is because fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose. Many of the symptoms are like other health problems.


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  • James P. Cornell, MD
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