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What conditions are most commonly misdiagnosed for FM?

Expert:   Kenya Beard , ACNP-BC, Hunter College »

Fibromyalgia is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions. See what this syndrome is often confused for.

Transcript: Fibromyalgia is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions. That’s because there’s no one test that can pinpoint the presence of the syndrome. Instead, a doctor must listen to patients’ report of full-body pain, fatigue, digestive issues, sleep disturbances and stiffness in the muscles, tendons and joints. And these symptoms are signs of several other conditions, such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, various types of arthritis, tendonitis, lupus and multiple sclerosis. To accurately diagnose the cause of your pain may take time. The physical exam may look for your hypersensitivity to touch at a minimum of 11 of 18 specific tender spots on the body. The doctor may also evaluate your pain using pain scales that ask you to identify the intensity and location of your discomfort. And your overall body pain needs to persist for at least 3 months for the condition to be diagnosed as fibromyalgia. In the meantime, a doctor may choose to run blood tests or do scans that can rule out the other conditions with similar symptoms.To find out more about how you can distinguish fibromyalgia from other conditions, check out other videos in this series. More »

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