I had arthritis pain seen I was 29 yrs old and was just told that I have fibro this year. My joints and muscles get stiff and ache. I have arthritis 97% of my body. I also have nerve pain from all my surgeries I had. I'm trying to figure out if I do have fibro or not.
The tender point test consists of someone (usually a doctor) applies light pressure to the 18 tender points that are located throughout the body. Generally the more of these spots that are tender the worse the fibro so if you have none of the tender points than you do not have fibro. Hope this helps.
Fibro , to me at least feels like muscle cramps with a few spasms and some burning sensations thrown in, whereas my arthritis is more stiffness and a dull ache to a sharp pain (like a knife being stabbed through the joint) with a little sponginess thrown in. nerve pain is a really scarp piercing pain kind of like a burning sensation only way worse. I've learned to deal with all but the nerve pain and just go on; nerve pain stops me in my tracks, hope that helps. oh and don't forget about the tender point test for fibro
SharylRadabaugh: What is the tender point test?
Ya' know... Sometimes the damn Internet is our best friend and source for diagnosis. I brought the question of Scleroderma to my PC and he said "you do not have Scleroderma ". Know what? Made an appt with a Rheumatologist and I most certainly "did" have Scleroderma... On top of the fibro. Do your research and then bring it to your doctor.