Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be tough. It’s a disease that has no known cause (that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist – it means we don’t know, yet, why it expresses in people or how it does so) and it can cause a wide range of symptoms in sufferers.
However, there are 9 pairs of pain points in the human body that are typically impacted by fibromyalgia – these are often called “tender points” and people with fibromyalgia often experience pain in 11 or more of the 18 points available.
The 9 Pain Points That May Indicate Fibromyalgia
So let’s take a look at each pair of points:
- The back of the neck. That is pain in either or both sides of the neck where the base of the skull joins with the neck. Pain here may also be caused by arthritis, injury or strain.
- The front of the neck. Oh yeah, neck pain is really common for fibromyalgia sufferers. The pain points on the front of the neck are on either side of your larynx (Adam’s/Eve’s apple). This kind of pain typically doesn’t come from other common conditions and may be one of the best ways for physicians to diagnose fibromyalgia.
- The crease of the elbow. Well, technically just below that on your forearms and near the outside edge of the arm itself. It’s worth noting that elbow pain is often caused by forms of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) too.
- The base of the hips. Pain in the hip where the buttock leads into the thigh is also very normal in people with fibromyalgia this differs from arthritic pain which tends to be in the joint of the hip rather than the muscle.
- The lower back. It is important to remember that 1 in 4 people in American has lower back pain at some point in their lives. So, don’t panic about pain here. Fibromyalgia pain, however, tends to be at the top of the buttocks right at the base of your back.
- Knee pain. This isn’t pain in the joint but rather in the soft tissues below the knee pad. This is very different from arthritic knee pain.
- The upper back. The tender points on your upper back are found are near the shoulder blades in the muscle tissue. This is the area of the upper back that is commonly massaged for pain relief.
- The shoulders. Roughly at the mid-point between the neck and the shoulder is where you’ll find these pain points.
- The chest. Either side of your breastbone roughly at the position of the 2nd rib is where fibromyalgia sufferers have issues with chest pain.
I didn’t make this list of pain points up by the way, it is the one found in the diagnostic guide for fibromyalgia supplied by the American College of Rheumatology.
Managing this pain will be complex and you should speak to a doctor if you haven’t already. You may also wish to try exercise or even CBD oil as a natural complement to a prescribed medical regime.