Understanding the Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Process
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder that starts in the brain. The pain responses in people with the condition are overly sensitive and they react more strongly to pain stimuli. The symptoms include widespread pain all over the body and can cause mood and sleep problems for patients as well. But because all these are symptomatic of other diseases and disorders, and because the symptoms are not always consistent, it can be difficult to obtain a diagnosis, and the road from symptoms to diagnosis can be a long, painful and isolating one. There is no test for FM, making the disorder hard to confirm, as doctors can’t just take blood or do an x-ray to confirm symptoms. In order for a diagnosis to occur, doctors must rely on the grouping of a patient's symptoms.