Fibromyalgia has traditionally been diagnosed based on patient history and on physical examinations. The physician is typically looking for a changeable pattern of pain, widespread across the body, along with a sensitivity to touch. The presence of sleeping difficulties, stiffness, frequent headaches and other somatic symptoms can provide additional confirmation of the diagnosis.
Many people will have been frustrated by a series of negative blood tests and imaging procedures that do not show a cause for their pain. Many doctors still question the legitimacy of the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, leaving the patient very discouraged.