I was diagnosed with fibro ten years ago, and the diagnostic process was sort of the process of elimination. The docs did a draconian and painful test (forget the name of it, but someone will recall it, so hang in there!) that uses needles and electricity to determine nerve damage. My docs also palpated areas of my body that were especially tender, and found "trigger points".
I just had a ton of blood work done to determine if I have RA, so that is all I know about it. I will let you know when I see my Rheumatologist what tests were performed, as soon as I have my appointment.
Does your doc suspect both fibro and RA? If so, don't lose hope, it can all be controlled (to a certain extent) with meds.
I just answered your question, & then git the fowolling FDA report on Enbrel, please read it thoroughley Goodluck :
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Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blockers, Azathioprine and/or Mercaptopurine: Update on Reports of Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma in Adolescents and Young Adults
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On the read more they said it included patients with psorasis (my husband) & people being treated for RA, Don't think I'd take the chance.
Hi: I was 'diagnosed' with Fibromyalgia back in the early nineties--mostly by eliminating everything else first! Finally, in 2001, I got the correct diagnosis: low thyroid! WIthin a week of going on Armour Thyroid ALL of my muscle, tendon and ligament pain just disappeared (except for that caused by my cervical stenosis), and I actually started feeling human again (no brain fog).
So, if the current testing does not give you an answer, keep hypothyroidism in mind... Good Luck to you, Mary madhatter
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