How Is It Diagnosed?

Currently, there are no specific tests that can indicate that you have fibromyalgia. However, during an examination, the doctor will try to rule out conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Underactive thyroid

X-rays and blood tests will be conducted to monitor hormone levels and check for signs of inflammation. Blood tests could include:

  • Total blood count
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Cyclic citrullinated peptide test
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The causes of fibromyalgia are not well known, but doctors believe it’s caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Emotional or physical trauma: A motor vehicle accident or psychological stress can trigger the symptoms of this condition.
  • Infections: Infections like interstitial cystitis seem to trigger fibromyalgia.
  • Genetics: Patients with ancestors who’ve had fibromyalgia are more likely to have it.