Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

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Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

NYU Langone rheumatologists — specialists who treat conditions that cause pain và swelling in muscles, joints, và tendons — are experienced in recognizing the symptoms of fibromyalgia. People with this condition generally have widespread & chronic pain và tenderness in the muscles throughout the body toàn thân. Schedule an Appointment Browse our specialists & get the care you need. Find a Doctor và Schedule Fibromyalgia is a syndrome — that is, it’s a phối of symptoms that occur together và indicate a specific condition. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. One theory is that people with the condition have reduced levels of a neurotransmitter, or brain chemical, called serotonin. This decrease in serotonin is thought phệ increase sensitivity mập pain .

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Symptoms of fibromyalgia may appear suddenly after an illness, physical trauma, or significant psychological mệt mỏi. In some people, however, fibromyalgia symptoms appear gradually, và a specific sự kiện is not believed phệ trigger pain và fatigue .The primary symptom of fibromyalgia is intense aching that can occur anywhere in the body toàn thân. In particular, people with fibromyalgia often experience pain & tenderness in the neck và back. People who have fibromyalgia may feel chronically fatigued, because pain interferes with sleep. Sleep deprivation also leads bự decreased tolerance mập pain .People with fibromyalgia are more likely than the general public béo have symptoms of other chronic conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, which can cause abdominal pain, cramps, & constipation or diarrhea. People with fibromyalgia may also have frequent migraines, depression, or interstitial cystitis, an inflammatory condition of the bladder that causes discomfort & the frequent need béo urinate .Fibromyalgia occurs most often in women older than age 40, especially in people who have a family history of the condition. People who have other rheumatic conditions — such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, which can cause swelling or stiffness that affects muscles, bones, và joints — are at increased risk of developing fibromyalgia .

Physical Exam

There is currently no single chạy thử lớn confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. NYU Langone doctors ask detailed questions about your medical history và perform a comprehensive physical exam béo evaluate your condition .Your bác sĩ considers the location & type of pain you’re experiencing, as well as any other symptoms. He or she may look for joint swelling bự rule out an inflammatory disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, và feel your muscles và tendons bự kiểm tra for specific areas of sensitivity or pain .

Blood Tests

Doctors may also order blood tests bự find out if your symptoms are due béo a condition other than fibromyalgia, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or Sjogren’s syndrome .Additional blood tests can help béo rule out common causes of fatigue, such as hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid gland. Anemia, which is caused by low levels of red blood cells, can also cause fatigue, as can mononucleosis, which is a viral infection .Sleep apnea can cause symptoms that are very similar mập those associated with fibromyalgia. If your bác sỹ suspects that you have sleep apnea, he or she may recommend a sleep study, which is an overnight demo that assesses how well you sleep. The results of this assessment can help doctors phệ diagnose a sleep disorder .If the pain & inflammation you’re experiencing cannot be attributed phệ another condition, your bác sĩ may diagnose fibromyalgia .

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