by Joseph Mercola
When I started my medical practice over two decades ago, fibromyalgia was so commonly missed that by the time the average person was finally diagnosed, they’d been seeing various physicians for nine or ten years. Today, the pendulum seems to have swung the other way, and it’s likely that a lot of people are being misdiagnosed with this condition. It has unfortunately become a convenient catch-all for a variety of complaints.
However, there’s no doubt that fibromyalgia is a very real, painful, and sometimes debilitating health condition.
It’s estimated that 2 to 4 percent of the U.S. population has fibromyalgia, and nine out of 10 are women.
Unfortunately, there is still no specific diagnostic test that is conventionally appreciated to diagnose someone with this condition. Rather you will have to meet certain clinical criteria — the most common one being hypersensitivity to pain. Continue reading on next page…