Did you know that there has been no single test that can truly assess fibro/IBS and there has always been much debate over what should be considered essential analysis criteria and whether or not an objective assessment is even possible.
Also, receiving a proper fibro/CFS assessment from a doctor can be difficult and time consuming as this condition encompasses a whole list of symptoms and typically a doctor will need to first rule out any other underlying conditions that may be present. However, we will look at the 6 most common complaints that sufferers report, ordered from most common to least common.
- Muscle/Joint Aches
- Lethargy/Low Energy
- Muscle weariness
- Digestive Issues
- Sleep Issues
Tender Point Guidelines
18-pain-pointsExperts classify it as being a functional somatic issue and in 2010 they decided to no longer use their original 1990 ‘tender point’ testing protocol which essentially outlined 18 points on the body where the typical sufferer experiences symptoms in order to come to an analysis.
Their new diagnostic test, adopted in 2010, is called WPI which counts up to 18 general body areas in which the patient has experienced tenderness or soreness in the past 2 weeks. And it was expanded to include other symptoms such as: the severity of the person’s lethargy, unrefreshed waking, cognitive symptoms, and general somatic symptoms, each on a scale from 0 to 3, for a composite score ranging from 0 to 12.
The Doctors Dilemma
The problem is that no 2 sufferers will have the exact same symptoms and there really is no hard and fast test one can take in order to properly diagnose it. This is part of the frustration and agony that sufferers will often go through. Because you know you don’t feel good, regardless of what name others or doctors want to call it.
The point is to feel better, but in order to do that, this condition must be addressed at the root level. This is one of the ways that people have found answers to their long term condition.