How do Drs diagnose Fibromyalgia?

It is said that it takes approximately 5 years to get a Fibromyalgia diagnosis


Your doctor will do a complete medical history and conduct a physical examination to learn about your symptoms, and to rule out other disorders that could also explain your problems.


Your doctor will press on 18 points on your body (See Pressure Points).

There are 18 "Pressure Points" on your body that your doctor will press to test for pain. If you have Fibromyalgia, you will feel pain when then doctor presses on at least 11 of these 18 points. If you don't have pain in these 18 specific spots, however, you still could have fibromyalgia.


There is no laboratory test for Fibromyalgia.


If you have severe and persistent fatigue, however, your doctor may order serum thyroxine and thyroid-stimulating hormone tests to rule out the possibility that thyroid abnormalities are causing your symptoms. 


Other routine screening tests might include a complete blood count, an erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and a chemical profile.