Symptoms and Diagnosis


7 Conditions Linked to Fibromyalgia

About 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia, which is characterized by painful, tender points along the body; fatigue; and sleeplessness. Unfortunately, people with fibromyalgia are more likely to have certain other conditions too.   View slideshow


7 Fibromyalgia Symptoms Other Than Pain

Fibromyalgia can feel different for everyone, which is part of the reason it’s so difficult to diagnose. There is no blood test for the condition, and doctors essentially use a process of elimination before settling on a fibromyalgia diagnosis.   View slideshow


18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

These 18 points (9 pairs) tend to be painful when pressed, and may spread pain to other body parts.   View slideshow

Why Fibromyalgia Is So Hard to Diagnose

With no blood test and a multitude of symptoms, diagnosis can be a process of trial and error
Many factors contribute to that delay. Fibromyalgia patients can look the picture of health, despite their significant pain, and there's no specific known cause. For doctors, that translates into the frustrating reality that there's no objective diagnostic lab tests they can do. A fibromyalgia diagnosis is based on the patient's description of symptoms.  Read More

Why Fibromyalgia Has a Credibility Problem

The fight to prove that this painful syndrome is real
On top of their daily struggle with pain, fibromyalgia patients are sometimes forced to fight another battle—convincing doctors, friends, coworkers, and others that their condition is real and that their pain is not all in their head.  Read More


Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia: What's Normal, What's Not

Everyone experiences pain occasionally—and then there are people with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder whose often debilitating symptoms overlap with other diseases. So where does your pain fit in? This guide will help.   View slideshow

Video: Perspectives on Fibromyalgia