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There are no definitive laboratory tests for fibromyalgia as of now. Your doctor should take blood tests – but only to eliminate other possible causes for the symptoms that you are experiencing. Having eliminated other possibilities, the doctor then looks to see if you have experienced widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for at least three months, and displays many of the other common symptoms of FMS, including at least 11 painful tender points. Fibroymalgia is related to arthritis which means it includes inflammation of the muscle. Soft tissue inflammation responds well to minerals which inprove blood flow. MSM, organic sulfur, is one of the products which helps improve blood flow. We do not get enough organic sulfur in our diet because when we heat foods, the MSM is cooked off as steam.
Actually, there ARE definitive tests to prove fibromyalgia now. Expensive but reliable. The shrinking brain, increase substance P in the spinal fluid, decreased or lack of dopamine in the brain. Things like that. Even finding the the fibromyalgia gene in your DNA makeup.
Fibromyalgia is actually only grouped with arthritis because of its pain associated with the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. With fibromyalgia there isn't any inflamation or muscle and tissue damage. This is one of the distinguishing factors in helping come to a diagnosis. If an anti-inflammatory seems to help with the pain, chances are that the pain isn't fibromyalgia related.