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There are no specific tests that can confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. But you may have lab tests to rule out other diseases. Or these tests can find out if you have another disease along with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia may occur along with other joint and muscle (rheumatic) diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Finding these other conditions is important, because they may need different treatment.
If your doctor thinks that you may have another muscle or joint disease based on your symptoms, history, and physical examination, they may order more tests.
The test results may show that you have a disease other than fibromyalgia. Or you might have both fibromyalgia and another condition. Test results can be false-positive.
Doctors don't use these tests to diagnose fibromyalgia. You only need them if your medical history and physical examination suggest that you might have a condition other than fibromyalgia.
Adaptation Date: 8/13/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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