The symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be similar to that of other conditions. Therefore, when diagnosing Fibromyalgia other conditions will also be tested for and ruled out.
In general, patients are asked about their symptoms and how they affect daily life while a physical examination will be carried out. This will check for obvious signs of other conditions such as swollen joints that could suggest arthritis. However, there is a criterion that is used for diagnosing Fibromyalgia which includes the patient experiencing severe pain in 3 to 6 different areas of the body or mild pain in more than 7 areas while symptoms have remained the same for a minimum of three months. Blood tests and urine tests will be carried out as a way of ruling out other conditions.