Obtaining a timely and accurate diagnosis of this complex, chronic pain disorder can be difficult. Knowing what to expect at the doctor’s office may ease the process. Plus: A new blood test offers hope.

As we head into National Fibromyalgia Awareness day – May 12 – Practical Pain Management spoke with Dr. David A. McLain, a prominent rheumatologist based in Alabama, and Dr. Chase Spurlock, CEO of IQuity, a data science company that monitors chronic disease, to get a handle on the need for better diagnostic tools. Read the full Q&A below.

Why is fibromyalgia so commonly misdiagnosed? What other conditions mimic its symptoms?

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