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Fibromyalgia tests & diagnosis

Your doctor may ask you about your pain and symptoms, how long you have had them, where you have them, and if you have noticed any patterns. They may examine you to look for possible causes. Your doctor will want to know all the places in your body where you have pain, and how strong that pain is.

Because mood disorders such as depression and anxiety are very common in people with fibromyalgia, your doctor may ask about how you are feeling and if you have any issues with your mental health.

Making a diagnosis

There are no diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia, but your doctor may send you for blood tests if they want to rule out other health conditions. In this case, you'll be given forms to take to a blood test centre.

A diagnosis of fibromyalgia can take some time because your doctor will need to rule out other health conditions to make sure you don't have a disease that can explain your symptoms.

On the next page: Living with fibromyalgia

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Preparing for your doctor's visit

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