Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

It's not always easy to diagnosis fibromyalgia. Doctors can often mistake fibryomalgia symptoms for the symptoms of other disorders and illnesses. But getting a proper diagnosis is important so that you can begin to take care of yourself and your discomfort.

Although there is no one specific diagnositic test for fibromyalgia, there are a variety of procedures your doctor can try. Diagnosing Fibromyalgia outlines how your doctor can determine whether or not you have fibromyalgia. Doctor Relations can also offer you some helpful tips on how to get the most out of your doctor.

When you have fibromyalgia, it is likely that you will require care from a variety of doctors. Aside from your family doctor or gynecologist, rheumatologists can be extremely helpful in treating various FMS symptoms because they specilize in joints and muscles. A neurlogist is often credited as being one of the most useful types of doctors for fibromyalgia sufferers.

Are You Getting The Right Tests For Diagnosing Fibromyalgia?

Perhaps one of the most helpful types of doctors an FMS sufferer can have is a pain specialist, who focuses solely on pain management in chronic pain patients. Another very valueable type of doctor for those with fibromyalgia is a physiatrist.

Other medical professionals a fibromyalgia sufferer may want to visit include an osteopath, a naturopath, and a dentist, who can help with issues like TMJD.

Hair analysis is a new form of fibromyalgia testing that is becoming increasingly popular. Find out how hair analysis works and whether it's really accurate in diagnosing fibromyalgia.

Another new tool that is being tested for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is a blood pressure test. A recent study found that blood pressure tests were highly accurate in diagnosing FMS and might indicate a breakthrough method of diagnosis.

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teresafr
Why are doctors so focused on treatment without identifying a cause? I have FM. I want to know the cause.
teresafr
For Koren55...I don't think the doctor is saying you are not ill. he is questioning how you can have a disease for which there is no clear test, no medications that really actually work (for very long) and no cure. Wouldn't you feel better if you didn't have to live with a diagnosis of something that doesn't have a cure? Do you have silver fillings in your mouth? There is a plethora of evidence that (some) diagnoses of FM are actually mercury poisoning coming from the silver fillings in your teeth. Check out mercury4dummies.blogspot.com.
Koren55
I've been searching for a new pain specialist. Yesterday I saw one, he was a DO, not an MD. It appeared that he didn't believe in Fibromyalgia. His first question was, who diagnosed it. Then he went on that someone has unexplained pain so they call it fibromyalgia. Then he said there's no test for it. And if you don't have any evidence, you really can't say someone has fibromyalgia. I was kind of shocked, that in this day and age, there are still doctors that refuse to believe that fibromyalgia exists. Well, at least I knew right away that he wouldn't be taking over as my pain specialist.
scooterpie
I went to an Orthopedist to get a referral for an MRI. If you can find one that does on-the-spot ultrasounds like the one I see, you may be able to rule out other issues immediately and thus get insurance to agree to the referral for the MRI. Look for an orthopedists who offers ultrasound guided injections, so you know they do on-the-spot ultrasounds.
Nattnatt73
hemikat I had to try physical therapy before my insurance would pay for my mri