Hi, EmLouise, and welcome! I'm glad you found us and joined in. Tender point tests aren't always reliable. I had one and barely felt anything....but I was also on a ton of ibuprofen and Tylenol! Now, if that test was taken several days after no medication, they would get a different reading. But, my doctor knows I have fibro. The other illnesses were ruled out.
You do need a doctor that understands that. If by touching a few tenderpoints can rule out fibro, they don't understand this illness. If all illnesses are ruled out, then you probably have fibro. That's how I was diagnosed. Also, fibro waxes and wanes. If you are having a good day, things don't hurt as much.
I see that Karen directed you to the Fibro 101 thread. There are links to good information there so be sure to check that out.
Don't hesitate to ask questions, either. We are here to help you. I'm happy you joined our fibro family and am looking forward to getting to know you.
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