Fibromyalgia diagnostic tests?

Gil

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Hi everyone,
My dad (mid 50s) has been experiencing intense muscle pain and tenderness in shoulder, chest, arm, leg, and really bad GERD issues for around 1 year. He also having really bad sleep problems (and depression), and taking several medications such as etoricoxib/orinox and omeprazole (both not really effective). He has been meeting several specialists (therapist, neurologist, rheumatologist, pathologist, orthopedics, etc). He took several tests like physical test, palpation, ANA, stool test, Complete blood test, X-ray, and MRI as recommended, but none of them showed any conclusive results (everythings fine). All of the doctors seems puzzled and can not diagnose the problems, and they are just giving drugs.

My dad symtomps are really similar with fibromyalgia (i do intensive interview about his symptoms).
I'm just wondering, what kind of test that can detect fibromyalgia and gives a definite/conclusive result. And then, please share your story about what kind of test did you take before get diagnosed, and how your doctors do the diagnosis (?).

I will appreciate any help/story/suggestion from everyone here, and please forgive my english.
Thank you very much!
 

sunkacola

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Hi Gil,
Unfortunately there is no test that gives a conclusive result to identify and diagnose Fibromyalgia. It is diagnosed most often when everything else has been ruled out. There is a test some doctors do which is pressing on certain points in the back, to see if it causes pain. but many doctors don't bother with this test because it is not reliable. I have had this test three times, and had different results each time because on one day it didn't hurt, while on another day if you pressed on any part of my body it would have caused intense pain.

Keep in mind that Fibromyalgia is not a precise diagnosis, but rather an umbrella term used when they really cannot find a cause for your pain and other symptoms. The diagnosis is useful in terms of getting medication and/or having insurance cover some things, but other than that it's not helpful because there's no cure and no one treatment that works for everyone, or even for the majority of people.

Read the posts about the things that help various individuals the most, and get your Dad to try implementing these things to see if they help.
Honestly, that is about all you can do. I would strongly recommend that you try to steer your father away from any opiate medications or other narcotic medications for the pain, as they will not continue working as well as they do at first, requiring more and more and leading to addiction.
By the way, your English is just fine!
Best of luck to you and your Dad.
 

Faith190

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It simply does my head in, trying to come to grips with a condition /disease/wtf. I have not been able to get a doctor to confirm what I know is fibromyalgia simply through the desperation of information mining. I really think the advice to keep medication as low as possible, first trying not to do any more harm. I have taken a non steroid anti inflammatory for years every day... I have had to stop them. My kidney function suffered unexpectedly and now I only take one in desperation. Having a bout of depression about it all as my pain has been tumbling around me. My specialist is awesome but concentrates on my long standing structural issues and pain control. Blocks of cortisone and anesthetic... Nerve ablation... Some days I feel like I have walked through a buzz saw and have been given a pack of steri strips to keep my body together!.... Good nutrition. I find a tablet for pain that includes a slight sedation at night helps. Duloxetine for depression helps with pain to some extent. Rest. Distraction therapy for him. Something to do he enjoys like reading, music, Sudoku, painting, writing, anything to help give peace... Prayer, not for him specifically, others... What a cluster of sadness this thing can be. BUT hopefully you and he can find a health care provider /doctor of understanding. A word to the wise... You can't fix him. I know that you want to. Love is all that matters right now between you. The burden otherwise will be very heavy indeed. Xx
 
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