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    How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

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    Jo Charge

    Exercise Physiologist, Yoga Teacher

    Jo is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and qualified Yoga teacher who specialises in working with individuals living with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, … View Profile

    Fibromyalgia is a syndrome made up of a collection of symptoms. It can be a very difficult condition to diagnose, as the primary symptoms of widespread pain and fatigue are symptoms found in many other chronic conditions as well. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia can take a long time and often involves the process of elimination of other conditions which could be causing such symptoms.

    Currently there are no decisive blood tests which can confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. A Rheumatologist is a specialist in diseases of the musculoskeletal system including (bones, joints, and muscles) and is the best health professional to examine you and your symptoms history in order to confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. When assessing if you have fibromyalgia your rheumatologist may look at your pain history, where on your body you are reporting pain and ask you about other symptoms you may have experienced such as your fatigue levels, how well you are sleeping, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea ect.

    Visit the Australia Rheumatology Association website for more information on Rheumatologist's. www.rheumatology.org.au/. You must get a referral from your GP to visit a Rheumatologist.

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