Fibromyalgia is known to be a very painful and chronic disease and there are some guidelines for anyone diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Doctors will do a lot of tests and exams that ranges from some blood tests to every single examination of the symptoms to determine if the person is having fibromyalgia or not. Identifying pressure points is the most effective test of all.
You might think that you have a widespread pain throughout the body and indeed you might have. But, there are some specific pressure points on your body that doctors test to check whether you have pain in these points or not. It is believed by a lot of researchers and professionals that central problem of the pain in fibromyalgia can be determined by these pressure points.
Pressure points in fibromyalgia
In examining fibromyalgia, doctors put pressure on these points to check the severity of pain there. So doctors find it difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia if you may have pain all over the body. They have to check these pressure points and base their decisions on them. Back neck, shoulders, above the knees, hips, upper chest, elbows and upper part of buttocks are included in pressure points.
Only lab tests can’t identify that weather here is a pain in these pressure points or not. There has to be a physical exam of these pressure points and this exam will take 10 to 15 minutes. You have to tell the feeling you get by having pressure on this points, either you are having pain or not.
You should have the widespread pain in all the four quadrants of your body for more than three months and when the pressure is applied to these points, you should have a severe pain in at least these pressure points in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. In this method, the level of accuracy is high and there are 90% chances that the doctor will make the correct diagnosis. This test is found to be more accurate than other tests.
Your doctor will never apply too much pressure to make you feel pain either way. Enough of the pressure is applied in order to know how you feel. You can try it yourself by applying pressure.
Treating fibromyalgia has another aspect and that is “trigger points”. There are 90% of the pressure points that also trigger points. So, what is the difference between them? Trigger points are referred to as nodules that you feel in tight muscles. The trigger points make you feel pain as well as send pain throughout your body if you apply pressure on these points.
In a similar way, when you apply pressure to pressure points, it will only cause pain in that area where you have applied pressure and won’t send pain to all over the body. There is another difference between these two and that is the motion you can make can be restricted by trigger points but can’t be restricted by pressure points.
As we have mentioned earlier that there are 90% of pressure points that also trigger points. In fact, this is a beneficial thing. It is beneficial in the sense that a lot of therapies and treatments are there in reducing pain in the body, and if only one of your trigger points gets relieved by pain, it will help you in reducing the pain of other trigger and pressure points as well.
You can take hot showers or baths, massage, or you can do anything that relieves tension in muscles can help you in relieving the pain of your trigger and pressure points.
What to do if you don’t clear the treatment?
Keep it in mind that you should have pain in at least 11 out of 18 pressure points in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. If you have pain in less than 11 points that it is good news for you that you are not having fibromyalgia. The bad news is that you still don’t know your illness and you are still experiencing pain.
It is believed by many researchers that if you have pain from less than 11 pressure points, you can still have fibromyalgia. This is the reason why a lot of professionals and doctors have tossed out this idea in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Yet, there will be a formulation of another diagnosis process that will be more effective as this process was.
Stay in touch with every latest news and research on fibromyalgia if you agree with your doctor that the process of pressure points is not an effective process for diagnosing fibromyalgia. A lot of doctors still believe this process to be effective. So get an opinion from your personal doctor.