These are ‘points’, or small areas on the body approx the size of a small coin, that are used as part of the confirmation of the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.
At least they used to be. I have heard of people being diagnosed recently without having this test done, even though it has been recognised for a long time as the definitive ‘final criteria’.
The criteria is that if you have 11 out of 18, then you have FM.
Unfortunately, because I am working off my phone I can’t add a picture, but here is a link to an excellent picture of where the tender points are
Mayo Clinic Website with good picture of FM tender points
There is a lot of information online regarding the tender points if anyone wants to read up on them. But my purpose with this post is to talk about our experiences of them.
I know when mine were tested the pressure applied made me shout in pain, even tho the drs only apply enough pressure to turn the nail white – which really isn’t much. And the Rheumatologist demonstrated by pressing a normal area on my arm. It just felt like pressure. It didn’t hurt.
But press on a tender spot and Yowza!!! You know about it!!
It also stays hurting for a fair while afterwards 😥
The thing is……and what I am interested to hear about from anyone who’s willing to share…..I have an awful lot more than 18. I have about 16 on my head alone!
And I also have them at the front of my knees, kind of at the top of my shins. Those ones stop me from kneeling down basically. It was one of the first ways my FM hindered my movements. All of a sudden it was just excruciating to kneel on the floor.
My mum had FM too, for 25 years, and like me, she had a lot more than 18.
Another really bad one is on my brow ridge. Try pressing just on the underside of your eyebrow close to your nose, on the top bit of your eye socket. I naturally use my thumb for that area.
Have you got one there?
You’ll soon know if you have!!
I really must stop prodding myself here as I am describing and typing! It hurts
Other places – just above my bum/lower spine area, on each side. That area causes me to do an involuntary Wily Coyote impersonation as he gets fired out of a canon!! Only the air turns blue in my vicinity at the same time!!
So, I really am interested to know do other fibromites have oodles of extra tender points too? Or am I just a bit peculiar here?
ps – an accupuncturist once agreed with me that it was interesting how FM tender points align with accupuncture points, but she couldn’t expand on it or offer any insight. Does anybody know why they align?
pps – this post was inspired by the lovely Elsie on her blog HERE