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Children and Young People

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia
It can be particularly difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia in a child. One reason is thatsymptoms may be overlooked among the many changes that take place, both mentally and physically, as a child is growing up. Also, a child will oftenover-compensate when slowed down by an illness.

A young child is unlikely to be able to explain how they feel and questions developed especially for the young may be used by the doctor to discover how badly a child is affected.
Teenagers are often easier to diagnose as they are older and more able to describe their symptoms. Fibromyalgia often occurs after a viral illness, but it can be triggered by other factors such as an accident or shock. The doctor will discuss the medical history of the child and will probably carry out a physical examination.

Fibromyalgia is diagnosed the same way as in adults, and has the same collection of associated symptoms as described in the "What is Fibromyalgia document?" As you can see, you are dealing with a very complex condition. Fibromyalgia is not the type of illness that will just run itscourse and fade away in a week or two. Unlike many childhood illnesses, fibromyalgia is a long lasting condition.

At present there is no cure, therefore it must be managed in a way that allows a child to live a full and productive life. With careful consideration of circumstances and team work, this can be achieved.




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