"The results that were uncovered via our research have finally been able to “tear back the curtain” and reveal that there is a specific pathway in fibromyalgia – and it defines fibromyalgia as an immunologic medical disorder. This disorder relates to the production of protein molecules called cytokines by a certain type of white blood cell. And the identification of this pathway has created the first objective test capable of making the diagnosis of fibromyalgia."
Physicians use a variety of tests to determine whether a patient has fibromyalgia verses another condition with similar symptoms and include: a complete blood count, antinuclear antibody, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, thyroid stimulating hormone, and a rheumatoid factor test, all of these tests are performed by a simple blood test.
It's amazing how someone's (as in mine) can look normal, yet I have all the symptoms of a disease. I have multiple forms of arthritis. All of which, are moderate to severe. Primary is Forestier's Disease (aka, DISH), diagnosed. Test come up negative or inconclusive for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Anklyosing Spondylitis. Signs & symptoms of RA are minor, but the signs & symptoms of AS are atypical & conclusive for AS. It's very frustrating. I have other CIs, with widespread chronic pain which is…
Thyroid conditions are commonly misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia. You can have underlying thyroid dysfunction even with a normal TSH test! Find out how to be properly evaluated for thyroid disorders and their connection to fibromyalgia here! | Fed Up with Fatigue
More insurance companies now paying for FM/a fibromyalgia test