Dr Oz: How to Get a Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Are you exhausted all the time? It could be a sign of Fibromyalgia, which often goes undiagnosed by doctors because the signs are often hard to recognize. Today could change your life, though, when Dr. Oz shares how you can test yourself at home to figure out if your chronic exhaustion is really due to Fibromyalgia.
Dr Oz: Fibromyalgia Tender Points Test
Dr. Holly Phillips says that while Fibromyalgia causes severe exhaustion, its main symptom is actually widespread pain that never goes away. She says it takes the average patient 5 years to get an accurate diagnosis because there is no specific test for Fibromyalgia, which often causes it to get swept under the rug by doctors.
The Tender Points Test is one that Dr. Phillips does with her patients, but she says you can also do it right at home to see if you could have Fibromyalgia. It looks at 9 different areas of the body, with 18 points total and she says to use your thumb or index finger, making sure to to apply enough pressure so that the nailbed goes white. This is important because a person without Fibromyalgia will just feel pressure whereas a person with Fibromyalgia will feel pain.
Dr. Phillips says that 11 out of the 18 points need to elicit significant pain in order to get a Fibromyalgia diagnosis.
- Back of the neck
- Top of the shoulders
- Between the shoulder blades
- Top of the hips
- Sides of the hips
- Front of the neck
- Upper chest (below the collar bone)
- Insides of the knees
Dr Oz: D5-Ribose Supplement for Fibromyalgia
Dr. Holly Phillips explains that with Fibromyalgia a person often feels intense pain that lasts for a very long time, which then leads to mental and physical exhaustion. While it might sound challenging, Dr. Phillips says the best thing you can do for yourself is to move because even just light stretching can help to alleviate some of your pain and improve your mood. She says there are also a couple supplements you can try as well.
D5-Ribose helps us to enter deeper stages of sleep and get more restorative sleep so the body can repair itself. Take 5,000 mg 3 times per day.
Vitamin B12 repairs nerve cells and helps to boost energy and mood. Take 25 mcg once per day.