Dealing With The Diagnosis
The fear of the unknown has been discussed many times, but there is another type of fear that individuals face and that is the fear of the known. When an individual is in the process of uncovering information regarding a health concern there is often worry and fear involved. The individual could be concerned with the diagnosis, but what about the fear that comes after diagnosis? Those that have suffered from intense body pain for an extended period of time may find his or herself relieved when a diagnosis actually occurs, however once a diagnosis has been made what is the next step?
Many reasons for chronic pain exists come would include lupus and arthritis but one other cause for all over body pain would be the diagnosis of a painful condition known as fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that is still in the process of being understood there is much about this condition that medical professionals are still trying to understand, however research has come a long way and the diagnosis process if always the first step when one is seeking out answers for their pain and symptoms.
How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?
Diagnosing fibromyalgia is beneficial to the patient on so many levels but the main benefit has to do with the relief that can come with treating fibromyalgia once a correct diagnosis has been made. There is no denying the physical and emotional affect that fibromyalgia can have on an individual; so if you are starting to notice changes in your physical and emotional state of being, it might be wise to speak to a medical professional about what type of testing is available for fibromyalgia and start down the diagnosing process. The most common type of test that a medical professional will conduct is the tender point test.
Tender Point Test
During this process, a doctor applies firm pressure to each of the 18 tender points along with control points. Tender points are located on both sides of the body and both above and below the waist. The tender points are concentrated in the neck area. With four tender points on the front and six tender points on the back making up a total of 10 in one general area. Other tender points are found close to, but not on the joints. There are tender points near each elbow, near each knee and four are located near the pelvis and hips.
What are tender points?
Tender points are surface areas that seem to be just under the surface of the skin. These points hurt when just light pressure is applied. The doctor will watch for the patient to flinch or pull back when pressure is applied. The sizes of the tender points are around the size of a penny. They are much more sensitive than the areas surrounding them.
How are tender points tested?
Doctors will test all of the tender points along with other points, also known as control points, and study the patient’s reaction. The control points are designed to makes sure that the patient does not react to those as well. The doctor can use his hand or a doximeter/dolorimenter. The instrument can greatly assist in providing the correct amount of pressure.
A New Way To Test For Fibromyalgia
Everyone who suffers fromfibromyalgia has heard of the tender points test. This is a test where doctors apply pressure to 18 locations on the body; eleven of these 18 tender points needs to be reacted to for a positive fibromyalgia diagnosis. The patient must also have experienced widespread body pain for a minimum of three months; however, recently a new idea has come up to diagnose fibromyalgia that can help pinpoint an accurate diagnosis at a quicker pace.
New way to diagnose
Since fibromyalgia is a diagnosis that is based on the symptoms, there is no laboratory test or X-ray that diagnoses it. The new in office test takes a widespread pain index coupled with a symptom severity scale should help lead to more diagnoses and treatment. The pain index is a 19 item checklist. The possible fibromyalgia sufferer marks the number of body parts when pain has been experienced during the last week. The symptom scale puts together the three most complain about symptoms, un-refreshing sleep, fatigue and cognitive issues. These symptoms are rated on a scale of zero to three.