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The 18 Fibromyalgia Points

Posted Apr 26 2010 10:29pm

Have you heard of Fibromyalgia? Has your doctor suggested that you may have Fibromyalgia? The chances are better that your doctor has not suggested this, as usually, the patient has to tell the doctor to check for this condition. As much as we know about Fibromyalgia, it is still very controversial in the medical community. When your doctor checks you for fibromyalgia – usually at your request – there are 18 points that he will check. These points are known as the fibromyalgia points.

The 18 Fibromyalgia Points

What exactly is Fibromyalgia?

Simply put, doctors don’t like what they cannot explain through science, and Fibromyalgia cannot be scientifically proven or explained. This condition causes a great deal of pain – usually in the muscle or connective tissue. The pain is widespread, but other symptoms exist as well, such as fatigue, stiff joints, and trouble sleeping. In more severe cases, the person may experience abnormalities in the bladder or bowel functions, have numbness or tingling, and have trouble swallowing.

The  18 Fibromyalgia Points Start with the Nine Bilateral Muscle Locations

There are nine bilateral muscle locations that your doctor will check when he tests you for Fibromyalgia. These include the shoulder blade area, the front of the neck, the front of the chest, the back of the neck, the back shoulder area, the elbows, the buttocks, the hips, and the knees.

It is important to note that in most cases of Fibromyalgia, the person will feel synchronized pain. For example, there are two areas in each of the nine muscle locations that are checked – two knees, two hips and so on – for a total of 18 fibromyalgia points.  Both will usually hurt, as opposed to just one hurting. Also, the areas may not hurt unless pressure is applied to them.

Where Does Fibromyalgia Really Hurt?

The first area checked is the Low Cervical Region, which is the front area of the neck. The next area is the second rib, or the front chest area. The occiput, or back of the neck is checked at the suboccipital muscle insertions.

The other areas include the Trapezius Muscle, or back shoulder area, the Supraspinatus Muscle, or shoulder blade area, the Lateral Epicondyle or elbow area, the gluteal or buttocks, the greater trochanter or rear hip, and the knee.

Unfortunately, even if you are experiencing pain in every single one of these areas, your doctor may not diagnose Fibromyalgia. This is particularly disappointing because there actually is treatment for this condition, although there is no cure. If you suspect that you have Fibromyalgia, get a second opinion, but don’t close your own mind to other medical explanations for your pain as well. See different doctors until you get the correct diagnosis, as opposed to the diagnosis that you want or expect.

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