Some patients may spend years visiting doctors and undergoing tests, only to be diagnosed with different conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, or mononucleosis before a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is finally given.
The reason for this dilemma is that there is no single diagnostic test (blood test, x-ray/image finding, etc.) that verifies the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, leaving doctors in a position to rule out all other possible conditions first, before considering Fibromyalgia as the diagnosis. Another challenge is the fact that Fibromyalgia symptoms vary widely from one person to the next and even vary within the same person at different times of the year. There are a few guidelines doctors can use to help secure the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.
Yet another challenge in pinning down the diagnosis is that the Fibromyalgia sufferer may experience signs and symptoms seemingly unrelated to this condition, such as stomach aches, digestive problems or headaches. This can lead the doctor down other paths before considering Fibromyalgia as a diagnosis.
At Spinal Health Institute, our experienced clinicians can work with you to offer a unique approach that focuses on treating the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.