9 Tender Point Pairs For Fibromyalgia Sufferers
Doctors have a hard time diagnosing an individual with fibromyalgia. Whether it be the literal difficulty of the process or personal bias, it isn’t easy to obtain an official diagnosis.
Doctors usually diagnose by firmly pressing into 18 points (or 9 pairs) that commonly cause pain in fibromyalgia patients.
The following information can be used for three purposes: for a doctor to diagnose, to perform a diagnosis on yourself, and, or, to further your knowledge of your own body’s pain points — all key to having a better understanding of how fibromyalgia affects your body. Just keep one thing in mind: even though you may hurt here and there doesn’t mean another sufferer hurts in the same area. Everyone is a little different!
Those suffering from fibromyalgia often mention their chest as a painful area. Your sternum (also known as your breastbone) has 2 common painful areas in this region: one on either side of the sternum and two to three inches below the collarbone.
Those suffering from fibromyalgia often mention their shoulders as a painful area. Between the shoulder edge and the spinal cord lies a tender point for most sufferers.
Those suffering from fibromyalgia often mention their upper back as a painful area. Sufferers often mention the upper back as a tender spot — right where the shoulder blades meet the upper back.
Those suffering from fibromyalgia often mention their knees as painful areas. A commonly mentioned tender point is the inside of each knee pad.
Those suffering from fibromyalgia often mention their lower back as a painful area. Although 25% of the American population suffers from back pain, this is entirely different. Fibromyalgia suffers often mention low back pain (primarily where the buttocks meet the back) as one of their painful areas.
Front of the Neck
Those suffering from fibromyalgia often mention the front of their neck as a painful area. The trigger point pair is usually on either side of the larynx (the hollow muscular organ forming an air passage to the lungs and holding the vocal cords in humans) and above the collarbone about 4 inches or the very front of the neck.
Those suffering from fibromyalgia often mention their hips as a painful area. This painful point should not be confused with osteoarthritis or arthritis as this is more often felt in the joint.
Where the muscles in the buttock join the thigh is typically where fibromyalgia sufferers seem to feel it most.
Back of the Neck
In addition to the front of the neck, another location of tender points in the back of the neck.
The base of the skull and the neck meet at a point in which fibromyalgia sufferers feel it worse. However, neck injuries, neck strains, and rheumatoid arthritis can all be contributors to neck tenderness. Be sure to mention any of those common factors in your meeting with your doctor.
Those suffering from fibromyalgia often mention their elbows as a painful area. The hinge of each elbow (forearm side) is commonly mentioned as a tender point. The pain or tenderness usually radiates to the outside of the arm. Keep in mind that tendonitis and repetitive strain injuries also cause this type of pain.
These 9 pairs of tender points in the human anatomy are quite common in fibromyalgia convalescents and sufferers alike — ensure you know as much as you can about your body’s specific needs as well as how to manage each symptom. As always, consult your doctor before making any changes!