18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia
Where does it hurt?
Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be tough. Pain is highly personal, so one person’s “I hurt all over” isn’t necessarily the same as another person’s “I hurt all over.”
That’s why doctors often check for certain tender points on the body when it comes to diagnosing fibromyalgia. These 18 points (9 pairs) tend to be painful when pressed, and may spread pain to other body parts.
American College of Rheumatology guidelines suggest that people with fibromyalgia have pain in at least 11 of these tender points when a doctor applies a certain amount of pressure. Find out if your pain seems to match up.
Back of the neck
Neck pain can also be caused by injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, or activities that strain the neck, like slouching or sleeping in an uncomfortable position.
Other causes of elbow pain can include tendonitis or repetitive strain injuries.
Front of the neck
This pair of trigger points is located well above the collarbone, on either side of the larynx.
In contrast, people with fibromyalgia may have a tender point near where the buttock muscles curve to join the thighs.
However, people with fibromyalgia may have pain trigger points at the very top of the buttocks, right at the bottom of the lower back.
Such is the case for this pair of tender points, located where the back muscles connect to the shoulder blades in the upper back.
People with fibromyalgia may have tender points on either side of the sternum, a few inches below the collarbone (near the second rib).
The sternum, also known as the breastbone, helps protect the heart and lungs.