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Fibromyalgia tests & diagnosis

Your GP may ask you about your pain and symptoms, how long you've had them, where you have them, and if you've noticed any patterns. They'll ask you where you're feeling pain and how strong it is.

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

Making a diagnosis

There are no specific tests to confirm fibromyalgia, but your GP will examine you to find the painful areas in your body. They may also send you for blood tests to rule out other health conditions that could explain your symptoms.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by rheumatologist, Department of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2017.

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