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How do you know you have fibro?

May 13, 2017 2:39 AM

I don't really understand fibro so how is one diagnosed? Or is it like a comorbidity of having a disease/Sydrome that causes severe pain?

May 13, 2017 4:59 AM

I was diagnosed by a rheumatologist. There are 18 tenderpoints. The doc can check to see if you have it. Fibro has over 200 symptoms so it is hard to diagnose sometimes.

May 13, 2017 4:30 PM

This is a great summary of fibromyalgia symptoms. You look really good on the outside, but inside you feel total chaos from your head (migraines, brain fog) to chronic pain all over your body. Depression happens when you can't live/do the things you used to do because of the pain. I agree with AnimalLove2 that it's VERY important to see a good Rheumatologist for a through assessment. Hugs and blessings to you Zerb.✨

May 13, 2017 6:22 PM

They poke you all over & if you hit the ceiling screaming in pain in most of the tender points, and if you've suffered with it for at least 6 months (or 3 idk), then you have it! If you leave the dr office feeling very bruised & beaten, then you've def got it.
Hey, we'reall in this together. Hugs

May 13, 2017 7:45 PM

Thank you so much! Is a rheumatologist that can diagnose it?

May 13, 2017 7:46 PM

Is it only a rheumatologist that can diagnose it, stupid slow internet

May 13, 2017 11:32 PM

An excellent graphic illustration of the myriad of fibromyalgia symptoms. Each person experiences the symptoms differently. This app is a great way to track your symptoms daily then you can print them out and show them to your doctor. That's what I did. Pictures certainly are worth a thousand words and understanding.

May 13, 2017 11:56 PM

Wow that is all me...jeez

May 13, 2017 11:56 PM

A Rheumatologist has the training and expertise to diagnose fibromyalgia. Depending on your insurance Zeb, you may need to see your primary care doctor first then get a referral to a rheumatologist. Either way, be sure to take copies of your symptoms charts.

May 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Got it, thank you so much!

May 14, 2017 1:13 PM

You're so welcome my friend. Two great resources I use are the National association for fibromyalgia (fmsware.org) and National Association & Chronic Pain Association (FMcpAware.com) Let us know how everything goes.

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