In diagnosing fibro, bloodwork is usually done first to rule out any of the autoimmune connective diseases
If a neurological problem is suspected, MRI's are done to rule out MS. MRI's and CT scans are also used to detect spinal issues that cause nerve impingement.
It is not unusual to have an overlap of conditions, so it is important that doctors are thorough....so many symptoms can be related to a number of conditions. It is important for the doctor to take time to rule things out.
A diagnosis can take years because symptoms can wax and wane. New symptoms should be reported to doctors.
As a patient, it is our responsibility to partner with our doctors and give information, even take pictures if you notice swelling
or strange rashes.
Having an EMG should not be a routine procedure. It should be used if a muscle or a neurological problem is suspected or perhaps rule a condition out.
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Post Edited (crazykitty) : 3/28/2013 8:54:37 AM (GMT-6)