A visit to your GP would be the first place to start and they will do the following:
There is no specific test for FM. When your GP takes a full history of your symptoms, they would also carry out an examination of your body to rule out other conditions by checking for signs like swollen joints which could mean arthritis. Your symptoms must be in all four quadrants of the body (both sides of the body, below and above the waist).
You will then be sent to have blood drawn to rule out any other conditions that would be found like thyroid conditions. Once these are received back and prove to be negitive your GP will make an informed decision on whether they believe you have FM. You may then be referred to a Rheumatologist for a formal diagnosis.
There is no known cure for FM and it is a chronic (long-term) illness. Many GP's are unsure how to help and in many cases it is down to the sufferer to find your triggers, to learn to pace and listen to your body.
Research into the causes are ongoing.
As said, the exact cause of FM is unknown but here are some of the factors that may contribute to it:
FM is 7 times more likely in woman than in men and approximately 2-4% of the population in the UK have it. In most cases it develops in people between the ages of 25 and 55. It is uncommonly found in young adultsand the elderly but even more uncommonly, in children.
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