Fibro Facts, our newest series on Inspired Living with Fibromyalgia, is a series of illustrated facts about Fibromyalgia. The goal is to help increase awareness and understanding for the millions of people living with Fibromyalgia throughout the world and to help people recently diagnosed learn a bit more about Fibromyalgia!
Fact #4: All 4 Body Quadrants Must have Pain for at Least 3 Months
According to the criteria for diagnosis of Fibromyalgia outlined by the American College of Rheumatology, a person must have pain in all 4 quadrants of the body for more than three months. This is in addition to needing to have pain in at least 11 out of 18 of the tender points. Click here to see the tender point Fibro Fact!
A quadrant is literally determined by dividing the body into four quarters as shown in the illustration.
In May of 2010, the American College of Rheumatology updated it’s criteria for diagnosing Fibromyalgia and added even more steps to obtain a diagnosis (which actually makes Fibro a little easier to diagnose in many cases) -so keep watching the Fibro Facts series this week, as the rest of the diagnosis criteria are explained!