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Fibromyalgia tests & diagnosis

Your doctor 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 will want to know all the places in your body where you have pain, and how strong the pain 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 doctor 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.

On the next page: Living with fibromyalgia

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Reviewed September 2017.

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