What needs to be tested before being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?

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My doctor is looking at diagnosing me with Fibromyalgia, but i feel like they have barely investigated the possiblilty that there is something else going on at all. What tests would normally be done to rule out other things before being officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?

 

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    At least a 25-OH test and a full blood screening test are standard kick off points. These should rule out (or in) a large number of problems.

     

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    There is also the 18 tender points that the doctoer should check your body for.. Also a Thyroid blood test as this can cause Fybro..
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    Hi Shannon

    I had blood tests to rule out Lupus, my thyroid and loads of things. Was tested for autoimmune diseases. Had an MRI to check it wasn't nerve problems. It took me two years to get a diagnosis for fibro as they literally ruled everything out first x

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    It depends on the symptoms you have told ur dr but off the top of my head the below are usual although not sure you will get them all straight away on NHS.

    Vitamin b12

    Vit d

    Iron

    Folate

    Thyroid

    Inflammation levels

    Lymes disease if you have ever been at risk.

    If fatigue is an issue and you have any palpitations or heart issues then they do stress tests and 24hr holter tape monitor for your heart sometimes.

    The tests a rheumatologist will do are usually more in depth but centre around inflammation and autoimmune markers.

    Hormone testing, adrenal tests are things I read about but have never been tested for on NHS. I also didn't get a stres test but someone I know who was suffering fatigue and now has ME diagnosis got one.

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    Rheumy's specialize in FM. Most laboratory tests are not very useful by themselves for diagnosing fibromyalgia. There is a blood test -- called FM/a -- that identifies markers produced by immune system blood cells in people with fibromyalgia. One study showed the test can also help distinguish fibromyalgia from other conditions that can have similar symptoms, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus .in some case other diseases Ike depression, srthritisstemetic diseaseust be ruled out first.the doctor with ALS do a physica exa.

    it helps to bring a jurnal of symptoms with you to help identify your symptoms . 

    TC&GB

     

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    hi shannon to start with it took a long time about 4 years for docs to investigate. i was sent to a specialist physio therapist i was x rayed. it was discovered i have spondolosis in my neck and bone spurs. then she referred me for a M.R.I. scan r two trapped nerves in middle spine. and a few other little things. got appointment with consultant and even with those things going on she told me i have fibromyalgia. i was talking to my chiropractor and she told me to ask for a blood screening as she told me that fibro can be an infection after op or thro a virus. well i had a load of ops and when i was ill i was in isolation a few times with nasty virusus the names escape just now as my brain is on stale mate.i remember one of the virusus was the one you get eating hamburgers. (and thats something i dont divulage in. never have.) so in short shannon,in my opinion not much of an investigation. get back to me if you discover anything. thanks for replying to my first complaint ha ha. bye for now and have a good day julia
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      Hi julia

      That's interesting you mention virus.. Two years ago I was confined to my bed for six weeks or more and was told it was a virus.. I now have Hypothyroidism and have been told I have Fybro..Bottomline since that virus (well thats what they told me sometimes I think they don't know what was wrong with me) I have never been the same..

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    From reading on Doctor Google (That is what my GP calls it) I am convinced that the Epstein-Barr virus could well be at the center of much of these illnesses. Not so much on its own but when it crashes into another virus such as Glandular fever. (IANAD)

     

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