April 26, 2008

BECAUSE IT'S PSYCHOSAOMATIC AND STRAIGHT MEN HATE DOCTORS?:

Fibromyalgia Affects Women More Often Than Men (ScienceDaily, Apr. 26, 2008)

There is no laboratory test available to diagnose fibromyalgia. Doctors must rely on patient histories, self-reported symptoms, a physical examination and an accurate manual tender point examination.

To receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, a patient must experience widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum duration of three months and experience tenderness or pain in at least 11 of the 18 specified tender points when pressure is applied.

Fibromyalgia may affect as much as 3-6 percent of the U.S. population. It is more common in women than in men, but the reasons for this difference are unclear.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 26, 2008 12:44 PM
Comments

My SIL has it. It's nothing to sneeze at.

she said in the morning it was like heavy weights were holding down all 4 limbs - she can't take the cold so they moved back to TX.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 26, 2008 1:47 PM
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