Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

There are no definitive laboratory tests to diagnose fibromyalgia. Diagnosing fibromyalgia is done through the use of specified tender points throughout the body as well as a full history. Pain must be present in all four quadrants of the body (top, bottom, right and left) for a minimum of three months. Testing is done by applying pressure with a finger to 18 different spots on the body. The finger pressure is just enough to blanch the nails. There must be pain in 11 of the 18 specified points.

The location of the points is as follows:

Front of Body:

  • Left or Right C5-C7 anterior interspace (Lower cervical Spine)
  • Left or Right costrochondral junction of the second rib
  • Left or Right 2 cm distal to lateral epicondyle of the elbow
  • Left or Right medial fat pad of knee proximal to the joint

Back of Body:

  • Left or Right suboccipital insertions
  • Left or Ring midpoint of the superior border of the trapezius muscle
  • Left or Right midpoint of the supraspinatous muscle
  • Left or Right superior lateral gluteal muscle
  • Left or Right posterior greater trochanteric prominence

The chiropractors at our clinic in Frisco, TX are familiar with diagnosing fibromyalgia. If you are concerned you may be suffering from fibromyalgia, contact Frisco Spinal Rehab today for a full history and examination. The results of your exam will be explained to you in full detail.

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