The 18 Tender Points For Fibromyalgia
These 18 tender points* occur symmetrically down the front and back of the body. These points are small, only about the size of a penny. They have significance, but can be unreliable diagnostic tools. On any given day the number and location of points that hurt may change.
The standard criteria for diagnosing Fibromyalgia includes having 11 actively painful points. There is no guarantee that on any given day a sufferer will have exactly 11 painful tender points. This makes getting a diagnosis frustrating.
For that reason, many doctors have chosen to use the criteria of “widespread pain, fatigue, ‘fibro fog'”, as well as hyperalgesia and allodynia as sufficient symptoms to diagnose Fibromyalgia. This philosophy is a good one for the Fibromyalgia patient. Having to rely on pain being in the same place day after day makes a diagnosis harder than it already is.
Read more about Tender Points on WebMD.
*Not be confused with “Trigger Points”. Trigger points are irritable knots in the fascia (the connective tissue just below the skin).
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