It’s been quite a year; you have been wondering when you will get your Fibromyalgia diagnosis. The scenario could go as follows: a woman is in car accident and sustains physical trauma to her body. In the ensuing year, she experiences fatigue, very sensitive spots on her body at very specific areas, and a depressed mood because her life has changed so much. It’s hard for her to put her contacts in when she wakes up because her arms are so stiff they barely bend. She’s rarely rested when she wakes up anyway because her sleep patterns have been so erratic and disturbed. She hopped online and did a little research about chronic pain and fatigue and stumbled upon Fibromyalgia. She approached her doctor and he confirmed her Fibromyalgia diagnosis.
Does this sound familiar at all? Do any of these symptoms sound all too similar to what you have been dealing with every day? If so, speak to your doctor. If you have been suffering symptoms of tenderness in localized area like the neck, spine, shoulders and hip, as well as sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and other depressive moods, you may well expect a Fibromyalgia diagnosis. In fact, it may be time to inquire about it.
If you do ask for it and your doctor thinks it is a possibility, before he or she confirms the Fibromyalgia diagnosis, he or she will most likely check into your medical history. Expect to be asked about yourself, your relatives and your moods, and be honest because the doctor will be able to diagnose you better. Once you have your Fibromyalgia diagnosis, you can begin the treatment toward living a pain free life.
The broad range of Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Since many of Fibromyalgia symptoms are so similar and mimic so closely symptoms of other conditions, doctors sometimes have a hard time diagnosing it. It is important to stay aware of your own body and the feelings and symptoms you do have so you can help in your diagnosis and future treatment of Fibromyalgia. An informed patient is the best kind.
The first thing that your doctor will do if he or she is considering diagnosing Fibromyalgia is to review your medical history and ask questions about your family members. Be responsive and open because it will make the diagnosis process go faster. If a history of chronic pain that is widespread throughout the body and has lasted for more that three months has occurred with the patient, the doctor may diagnose Fibromyalgia.
There is a rubric that the American College of Rheumatology has developed to aid doctors in identifying Fibromyalgia symptoms. These range from pain all over the body and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 specific spots on the body. People with Fibromyalgia may also endure problems with sleep, stiffness in their joints in the morning, irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety. Other things to consider as Fibromyalgia symptoms are whether or not the patient has suffered from extreme physical trauma, like a car accident, or mental confusion, forgetfulness or difficulty in concentration (sometimes referred to as ‘fibro fog’). If you are experiencing some of these Fibromyalgia symptoms, take note of them and visit your doctor.