Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fibromyalgia Tender Points Body Chart

For those who suffer with Fibromyalgia, sometimes it's helpful to look at body charts to remind us that the pain we're suffering is from the disease and not a pulled muscle that never heals.

The chart to your left is from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (NIAMS). If you have, or suspect you have Fibromyalgia, NIAMS website may be a useful tool.

Fibromyalgia Tender Points

"This illustration shows an outline of the female body marked with the location of the nine paired tender points that comprise the 1990 American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia. For a fibromyalgia diagnosis a person must have eleven or more tender points. One of these predesignated sites is considered a true tender point only if the person feels pain upon the application of 4 kilograms of pressure to the site."
Source: NAIMS

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