Please Note that the Tender Point Test (TPT) is no longer part of the diagnostic elements for diagnosing Fibromyalgia and this is for educational purposes only.
However, regarding the history of fibromyalgia it still remains as an integral part of learning. Many fibromyalgia patients diagnosed prior to the the change of criteria in 2012, 2013 & 2014 that saw it’s demise feel that many people have been getting misdiagnosed with the illness as a result. Plus, in some cases lessened their own diagnosis enough to campaign for it’s return to the diagnostic process.
Not being able to gauge pain levels has always been the problem with Chronic Pain Disorders such as Fibromyalgia, and scoring systems have always had flaws. A pain level score, for example 6, to one person may feel like an 8 to another, but how do they measure that.
Infogram showing the TPT from Fibromyalgia diagnosis from 1990 diagnostic criteria by American College of Rheumatology
Pdf Link to 1990 Fibromyalgia Classification – ACR (American College of Rheumatology): –
Reprinted from Arthritis & Rheumatism, Vol 33 , No 2, February 1990
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1990 American College of Rheumatology
Link: onlinelibrary.wiley.com – Abstract 1990 ACR Fibro classifications You can download the pdf here
Arthritis & Rheumatism ia an official Journal of the ACR
Tender point image from stock library: wwwcanstockphoto.com
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