Here are some of the ways to tell if you might have Fibromyalgia:
When you visit your doctor tell them about your specific pain areas, if the doctor really pays attention they will know to press on certain "tender points" in your body. Generally there is 18 tender points on your body and they become highly sensitive to people with fibro..these are based on criteria by the American College of Rheumatology. People without fibro are not as generally sensitive in these pressure points or tender points.
There is over 75 other tender points in your body but generally only these 18 are needed to define fibromyalgia.While the symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia fluctuate from person to person, there is one common symptom that all agree on - they ache all over. The pain can feel like a deep bone ache, pains and needles, or a stabbing or burning pain. Muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked. There are times this pain is mild, others when it is so severe that it becomes unbearable. Along with pain, many Fibromyalgia sufferers report headaches, poor sleep, fatigue, depression, and irregular bowel habits. Many others simply describe their symptoms as "flu-like."