In my last post I stated that even the Mayo Clinic doesn’t know what causes Fibromyalgia. Well, this is what I read today from Crow.com
“Key Factors Behind Fibromyalgia
The risk factors for fibromyalgia typically include; being a woman, having a relative also diagnosed with fibromyalgia and if you have a rheumatic disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. It is often difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia and many people often go years before a diagnosis is made. Doctors previously checked 18 specific points on your body to see how many points were painful when firm pressure was applied. The current guidelines for diagnosing fibromyalgia no longer require this type of exam, instead the diagnosis can be made if you have had widespread pain for greater than three months and without an underlying medical condition that may be the cause of your pain. There are no specific lab tests that can be done to confirm the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, however, your doctor may run a variety of tests to rule out any other conditions that may have similar symptoms. For example, a blood test is typically done to check your complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and thyroid function.”
I highlighted the blue because I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia only after a few tests were done. The Rheumatologist didn’t think I had Lyme Disease because I didn’t remember being bit my a tick. However, ticks are so tiny they do there damage and fall off and most people don’t even know they got bit AND majority of people DO NOT get a bulls-eye rash.
Personally I believe Fibromyalgia is just a disease of symptoms. And, I believe there are many people that are told they have Fibromyalgia when they actually don’t. I’ll share again Dr. Horowitz’s Lyme-MSIDS Questionnaire to see if you may have Lyme Disease.
Don’t’ you want to know what is CAUSING your pain?