Posted 12/13/2018 7:57 AM (GMT -6)
Hi, JacScorp, and welcome! I also have Crohn’s disease and was told I possibly had Crohn’s arthritis. The tender point test isn’t used as much lately because doctors vary in how hard they push on the area where tender points should be. It really isn’t accurate so lately it isn’t included in the criteria for a diagnosis...according to the American College of Rheumatology. They never found the “necessary” number of tender points on me but I definitely have fibromyalgia.
This is from the American College of Rheumatology site.
*Fibromyalgia affects two - four percent of people, women more often than men.
*Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune or inflammation based illness, but research suggests the nervous system is involved.
*Doctors diagnose fibromyalgia based on all the patient’s relevant symptoms (what you feel), no longer just on the number of tender places during an examination.
*There is no test to detect this disease, but you may need lab tests or X-rays to rule out other health problems.
*Though there is no cure, medications can reduce symptoms in some patients.
*Patients also may feel better with proper self-care, such as exercise and getting enough sleep.”
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you can learn a lot there.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you better. Don’t hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.