Mapping is a fibromyalgia test.
Although mapping is an alternative health test, the positive diagnosis is respected as relevant by my Doctor and may be respected by your own.
The differences between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are unclear. Many people, such as myself, meet the diagnostic criteria for both.
Those with Fibromyalgia often experience more pain than those with CFS. But according to Dr St Amand, author of What your Doctor May not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, some people have high pain thresholds. They 'pass the 'mapping test' for the tender points despite having little pain.
Even if you have a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), it can be useful to be 'mapped'.
Mapping is a physical examination of pressure points.
Light pressure is applied by the practitioner to the body's muscles.
For a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia specific tender point areas must be located.
To find a practitioner qualified to carry out this Fibromyalgia test, you will need to search online for...
"How do I find a mapper for Fibromyalgia?"
The mapper I went to was someone trained in massage who then did further training to be qualified to identify the tender areas required for diagnosis.
You can see my Fibromyalgia testing map in FIGURE F.
I found a list of UK mappers here.
Please search for 'mappers' in your own country.
Mapping is not an expensive test.
It is important to give yourself belief, support and understanding when you live with chronic illness. Learning that you have these pain spots around your body can help you to do so.
And as I say, my Doctor was interested to learn that I had been mapped. He has included the diagram of the mapping points in my medical notes.
Many people with Fibromyalgia find Guifenesin an effective treatment to bring healing from the symptoms.
Guifenesin is recommended in Dr St Amand's book What your Doctor May not Tell You About Fibromyalgia.
Guifenesin is not available in the UK on the NHS and needs to be bought privately from USA or Canada.
A good friend of mine is back to a full and busy life after taking it for several years. (She still experiences pain though.)
I have thought of taking Guifenesin and may still do so, but I must admit to being put off by the fact that it takes you through your past symptoms on the way to restoring you to health.
It makes sense to me that healing is a process. But the thought of going back to being in as much pain as I once was and being bedbound again for periods of time is a definite deterrent!
This process of going through past symptoms is referred to as 'cycling'. If Guifenesin works for you you will go through bad patches, each time hopefully followed by moving up to greater health.
I am no expert on taking Guifenesin for Fibromyalgia or CFS/ME, but I wanted to mention it so that you can do your own research.
Return from Test for Fibromyalgia to read about other tests relevant to those with the chronic illnesses, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.