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Difficulties Diagnosing Fibromyalgia (FM)

Fibromyalgia is considered a notoriously difficult condition to diagnose. Many sufferers experience frustration as GPs struggle to come to a conclusion and some doctors believe it to be psychosomatic. A lack of understanding of a physical source of the pain and fatigue does not mean that the problem is psychological, although this is one theory that is widely put forward, so you may find you need to push for the diagnosis you need in order to be able to move forward with your life.

Doctors are there to help you get this diagnosis and, in the short time they have with you, they only get a snapshot of your condition. It is important to be as descriptive as you can be, describe your day to day life and provide them with examples if you can, even a written log. There are a large range of symptoms of Fibromyalgia and diagnosis will be easier if you can accurately describe yours. Not being able to understand what you deal with on a daily basis may lead a doctor to believe you’re imagining your condition or that you may have hypochondriac tendencies.

If you feel that you have not had the diagnosis you need in order to move forward with your life. It may mean moving doctors or even surgeries. But there will be a doctor out there who is happy to work with you and can help to reduce your symptoms.

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