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If you think you have fibromyalgia, visit your GP. Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be difficult, as there's no specific test to diagnose the condition.
TheÂ symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary and are similar to those of several other conditions.Â
During diagnosis, you'll be asked about how your symptoms are affecting your daily life. Your body will also be examined to check for visible signs of other conditionsÂ ‐ for example, swollen jointsÂ may suggest arthritis, rather than fibromyalgia.
If your GP thinks you may have fibromyalgia, they'll first have to rule out all other conditions that could be causing your symptoms. These conditions may include:
Tests to check for some of these conditionsÂ include urine andÂ blood tests, although you may also haveÂ X-rays and other scans. If you're found to have another condition, you could still have fibromyalgia as well.
For fibromyalgia to be diagnosed, certain criteria usually have to be met. TheÂ most widely used criteria for diagnosis are:
The extent ofÂ the pain used to be assessed by applying gentle pressure to certain "tender points", where any painÂ is likely to be at its worst. However, this isÂ less common nowadays.
It's also possible to have other conditions alongside your fibromyalgia, such as:
If your symptoms suggest that you have another condition as well as fibromyalgia, you may need further tests to diagnose these. Identifying all possible conditions will help to guide your treatment.
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