The American College of Rehumatology has established general classification guidelines for fibromyalgia to help assess and study the condition. The Mayo Clinic now provides a web site based on that information and is useful for diagnosing fibromyalgia.
Because there is no single, specific diagnostic laboratory test, diagnosis can be difficult. Physicians rely on patient history, self-reported symptoms, a physical examination, and an accurate manual tender-point examination.
Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day. Common signs and symptoms include:
- Widespread pain
- Fatigue and sleep disturbances
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Headaches and facial pain
- Heightened sensitivity
The sooner your fibromyalgia symptoms are diagnosed, the sooner they can be treated. Find out how to ensure you don’t spend years searching for fibromyalgia diagnosis.