New criteria proposed for diagnosing fibromyalgia

New criteria proposed for diagnosing fibromyalgia

Chronic Illness, Fibromyalgia, Research, Symptoms
“The tender point test also has a gender bias because men may report widespread pain, but they generally aren’t as tender as women. Fibromyalgia may be under-diagnosed in both men and women because of the reliance on 11 tender points, and also due to failing to account for the other central features of the illness,” said Katz. Additionally, due to the confusion regarding the tender point test, the authors note that most primary care doctors don’t bother to check tender points or they aren’t checking them correctly. Consequently, fibromyalgia diagnosis in practice has often been a symptom-based diagnosis. The new criteria will standardize a symptom-based diagnosis so that all doctors are using the same process. The tender point test is being replaced with a widespread pain index and a symptom…
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