How often is fibromyalgia correctly diagnosed?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Despite this progress, the typical patient with fibromyalgia has seen an average of 15 physicians and has had the condition for approximately 5 years before receiving a correct diagnosis. More than 50% of cases are misdiagnosed, and many patients undergo unnecessary surgery or endure costly treatments that provide little benefit.

At some point, most patients have been told that nothing is medically wrong with them and that their condition is imaginary. Therefore, many patients become frustrated and skeptical. Although most patients are relieved when a correct diagnosis is finally made, the patient may need to be convinced that the clinician actually knows what is wrong and has formulated a treatment plan.


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