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   Posted 9/17/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone can someone please help me what test's do they do to find out if you have Fibomyalgi?

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   Posted 9/18/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Well with me they just eliminated everything else,but as i had CFS for so long and they often come together,was checked out on pressure points and asked about my pain,dont think there is a specific test,not when i was diagnosed anyway regards julia

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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   

There really isn't a specific test they do. First, they eliminate everything else, such as Lupus, Gout (sp?), thyroid problems, and a bunch of other things.

For example, my doctor has run every test he can think of, and everything has come back normal. He has referred me to a rheumetologist, who I see next month, and the rheumy will either find something that my regular doctor didn't, or he will confirm Fibromyalgia. It's a long and frustrating road because you have to go through a bunch of other tests before some doctors will even begin to think of Fibro.

Good luck.

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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Tiki pretty much nailed it on the head. Fibro is diagnosed via elimination of everything else. Usually a rheumy is consulted because they're more likely to find any auto immune disease that it could possibly be, that may have been missed by a GP. Once they have excluded everything else you're left with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.

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   Posted 9/18/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi jlw and welcome. The others pretty much said it all on how to get a dx of fibro. Please read the fibro 101 thread, second thread on first page, and there is a list of symptoms among a lot of other great info. Some are quite surprised at how many symptoms they have that they didn't know was part of fibro.
Having a good doctor that believes in fibro is the first step and the most important one. So I would take a list of the symptoms and keep a journal for pain and fatigue and talk to your doc about it. If he or she dismisses the possibility or tells you there is no such disorder than you need to find another doc.
I was lucky enough to have a GP that dxd me and then sent me to a rheumy to confirm.
Good luck
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   Posted 9/18/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
ty evreyone iam just haven a hard time and not sure what it is iam in pain all the time and no one know what it is they no i have IBS , IBD, Gastritis, Depression, psoriasis, COPD High Blood Pressure and Crohn's Disease i had surey on my colon had 90% of it removed and they find carcinoid tumor's (cancer) and told me after 3 years of Crohn's meds that i did not have crohn's disease it was carcinoid tumors so i got scared and stop going to the DR's but i cant take this pain much loner so iam not sure what to do all i not is 4years ago i was very heatlh i did not even get i colded but now iam sick all the time i lost my job and have no life i sit at home all the time and do not want to go and where iam glad i find the site it does help to think iam not alone

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   Posted 9/18/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, jlw, and welcome to the fibromyalgia forum.  I'm glad  you joined us!  As the other members said, the doctors run tests to rule out other illnesses.  In the Fibro 101 thread that Marlee mentioned, there is a link called What Else Could It Be" because many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are also symptoms of other diseases.  The doctors have to rule out the other diseases and also they do a tender point test on you.  They will lightly press on certain places on your body and if you feel a lot of pain that can mean fibromyalgia is the diagnosis.
You should really see a doctor if you have had colon cancer.  Being frightened and "running away" from those that can help you is not the right thing to do.  You need to face your health issues head on and get the help you need.  Being in denial will only make any illness worse.  So, please go and get a thorough physical exam and let the doctors know your medical history.  Then they can help you. 
Please let us know what you do.  We really do care.
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   Posted 9/28/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear JLW: Please go and finish getting diagnosed to find out what is causing your pain and how to manage it. There are medications they can give you to make you more comfortable and also allow you to live a fairly "normal" life. Fibromyalgia is a little bit like having a mental illness, in the fact that you may appear to be fine, but in fact you're really sick. That is where the difficulty is; the doctor looks at you and says "well, you look fine to me". That is why you need a doctor who understands the disorder to get help.

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   Posted 9/28/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Like Marlee said, be sure to find a doc that is aware of what fibro is, and believes in treating it, to be able to tell you more of what what your options are. The more information that you have about yourself the easier it will be for them.

It is not something that will kill us, just inconvenience us and make us have to plan out how we're gonna do things more. It is something that can easily be survived and with the right info can be easily managed.

Please do seek help on this so that you can start living instead of being scared all the time. Stress is an enemy of fibro and will make you hurt worse. And I'm sure that with more answers you'd feel better. Cause once you know what you're up against, the easier it is to work with it.

And yes, people here really do care.
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