Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria

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Fibromyalgia is known as an invisible illness because there are no physical indications of the chronic illness. People with fibromyalgia can experience a wide range of symptoms in varying degrees; however, despite the severity of the pain, there is no one test for fibromyalgia. The way to diagnosis the illness is by using the fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria.

 

The Old Diagnostic Criteria

 

In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) established the diagnostic criteria as having the following points:

  • Widespread body pain in four quadrants of the body for at least three months, and
  • pain in a minimum of 11 out of 18 tender points.
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The New Diagnostic Criteria

In 2010, the ACR established the new fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria as having the following points:

The combination of the above fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria is used to determine a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Before making a fibromyalgia diagnosis, your physician should first rule out other possibilities. 

For more information about fibromyalgia, its symptoms, and treatments, please visit my Fibromyalgia page.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria

  • September 15, 2014 at 10:26 am
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    Thanks for linking up the the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! Your post has been pinned to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

    I never really knew what fibromyalgia was. Thank you for sharing.

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    • September 15, 2014 at 10:50 am
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      A lot of people do not, and I hope to be one of the people that changes it. Now you are one more person that knows. Thank you!

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  • September 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm
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    I can’t imagine suffering with chronic pain. such a terrible disease!

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    • September 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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      Yes, it is. And each time my husband discovers a ‘new’ ailment of fibromyalgia, he is astonished. I am, too, for the most part. Thank you for reading!

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  • April 7, 2015 at 4:06 am
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    So glad I came across your blog! I didn’t realise there was new diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia.

    I’ve met criteria for fibromyalgia for years but my rheumatologist hasn’t given me a diagnosis. I asked her about it and essentially the issue is that I have symptoms and signs of a spondyloarthropathy and lupus, but don’t fit into any of the boxes properly. She’s being cautions, but it’s frustrating to be unwell and not have any real explanation to give people!

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    • April 7, 2015 at 10:54 am
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      I know it’s frustrating, but it’s good that your doctor is taking time with a diagnosis. Many times people are misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia when they are more serious issues. I hope you get a diagnosis soon so that you can be on the road to healing soon. Thank you for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions.

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