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The American College of Rheumatology
New Clinical Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria - Part 1

Pain during past week


    Symptom Severity Score (SS score) – Part 2a

    Indicate your level of symptom severity over the past week using the following scale:


    0 = No problem1 = Slight or mild problems generally mild or intermittent2 = Moderate; considerable problems often present and/or at a moderate level3 = Severe; pervasive, continuous life disturbing problems

    0 = No problem1 = Slight or mild problems generally mild or intermittent2 = Moderate; considerable problems often present and/or at a moderate level3 = Severe; pervasive, continuous life disturbing problems

    0 = No problem1 = Slight or mild problems generally mild or intermittent2 = Moderate; considerable problems often present and/or at a moderate level3 = Severe; pervasive, continuous life disturbing problems


    Symptom Severity Score (SS score) – Part 2b


    Check each of the following OTHER SYMPTOMS you have experienced over the past week:

    Muscle painIrritable bowel syndromeFatigue/tirednessThhinking or remembering problemMuscle weaknessHeadachePain/cramps in abdomenNumbness/tinglingDizzinessInsomniaDepressionConstipationPain in upper abdomenNausea
    NervousnessChest painBlurred visionFeverDiarrheaDry mouthItchingWheezingRaynauld’sHives/weltsRinging in earsVomitingHeartburnOral ulcers
    Loss/change in tasteSeizuresDry eyesShortness of breathLoss of appetiteRashSun sensitivityHearing diffcultiesEasy bruisingHair lossFrequent urinationPainful urinationBladder spasms


    Count up the number of symptoms checked above.





    This is your Symptom Severity Score (SS score),
    which can range from 0-12.

    If you tallied…



    0 symptoms: give yourself a score of 0

    1 to 10: give yourself a score of 1

    11 to 24: give yourself a score of 2

    25 or more: give yourself a score of 3






    A patient meets the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia
    if the following 3 conditions are met:
    1. The WPI score (Part 1) is greater than or equal to 7 AND
    the SS score (Part 2a & 2b) is greater than or equal to 5.

    OR

    1b. The WPI score (Part 1) is from 4 to 6 AND the SS score
    (Part 2a & 2b) is greater than or equal to 9.

    2. The symptoms have been present at a similar level for at
    least 3 months.
    For example:

    If your WPI (Part 1) was 9 and your SS score (Parts 2a and 2b)
    was 6, then you would meet the new FM diagnostic criteria.

    If your WPI (Part 1) was 5 and your SS score (Parts 2a and 2b)
    was 7, then you would NOT meet the new FM diagnostic
    criteria.

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