... pinpoint area's?
Hi and welcome to the site. I am sorry no one has answered your question yet, but I am sure you will hear from someone soon.
I have been 90% diagnosed by my neurologist. He stated that he was that sure and would be 100% sure after the nerve test. He has been treating fibro for 30+ years. I was to have the nerve test last week and after waiting for an hour and 45 minutes I finally had to reschedule and go back to work. I am not sure what that test would have shown or what it was called. Perhaps that is the "12" pinpoints you are speaking of? I do know that when I was in his office he pressed on my head, neck, knees, etc. I was in there for lower back disc bulges, and he just started pressing on the other areas. I was not aware of the pain until he pressed on them. They didn't all hurt but some did, and some were a dull achy feeling. So... not sure if this answers your question but, yes I was diagnosed without feeling pain in all areas. Hope this helps. ?
CJ, there is no proof positive test for Fibromyalgia. The "pinpoints" you speak of are actually called trigger points. Eveyone has them & there are many more then 11 on the body. To be considered a fibomyalgia proved patient 12 trigger points must be tender or sore upon examination by your physician all at one time. As I said there are more than 11. You have 12 on each side of the shoulder blade for example,many down each side of the spine,and the hip area has several. You also have them on the arms near the elbow joint & also the soft fleshy spot between the thumb & index finger. These are just the more common ones that give fibro patients problems. You also have them in your belly, & many other spots. If 12 of these points are very sore & sometimes swollen upon exam, you have problems with sleep, are very fatigued, have what is cognitive problems , what is called fibro fog, Your doctor will more than likely agree you have fibromyalgia.
I hope this has helped clear up the confustion. There is a lot of info out there to read about this condition. I was first diagnosed in 1992, but the doctor (a Rheumatologist) thought I had had it for years before that time. Please do some reading . A good place to start that has a good newsletter is Web.MD or The Arthritis Foundation. The Arthritis Foundation is funding research for this condition. I wish you all the best & hope you get to feeling better. There are lots of people on this site with fibomyalgia, & we have a great suport system going. Would be great to have you join us...
Hi CJ, Yes you can be diagnosed with just 11 or 12. They say 18 is the magical number. But when you have Fibro it really doesnt matter where they push, its gonna hurt regardless! Just be very careful jumping on any meds. They all have terrible side effects and very little benefit. I always described my pain as if I were a GIANT toothache. Thwre are natural vitamins that can help though. Stay strong. Dont give up. Later. R.
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