A doctor must diagnose fibromyalgia. Your physician will test to see if you experience pain in all four parts of the body for at least three months and if you feel pain in at least 11 designated tender points, when 10 pounds of pressure is applied. Be aware that other conditions like multiple sclerorsis and chronic fatigue syndrome share similar symptoms with fibromyalgia.
People who have fibromyalgia, ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), chronic pain and any number of other chronic illnesses are in serious danger of being labeled as having a mental disorder. The 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly known as the DSM-5, is about to go to the printers and is scheduled…