The human body is full of surprises and mysteries. No two human bodies respond to an external factor in exact same manner. Therefore, the medical field has to be on a constant alert about what is new regarding the challenges faced by physicians across the globe. When a similar pattern of symptoms are documented in a large number of cases, research is conducted and a name is given to it. Since 1979, when ICD-9 was implemented, there have been hundreds of such symptoms, diagnoses and their treatments which have been created. All these known additions have been included into ICD-10.
One such much needed addition is the code M79.7, for Fibromyalgia Syndrome. More than 12 million Americans are believed to have Fibromyalgia Syndrome, prominent amongst women between the ages 25-60. Symptoms for are Fibromyalgia are abdominal pain, chronic headaches, dryness in eyes, nose and mouth, hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat, inability to concentrate, incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome, numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet, stiffness.
The blood test, FM/a, is used to check whether a patient has Fibromyalgia. However, since the test costs around $700, not all patients agree to opt in for it. Thus doctors have to make assumptions on the basis of physical exams and medical history. Surprisingly, there isn’t a fully trusted cure for Fibromyalgia. Physicians mostly tend to provide prescriptions on the basis of symptoms.
Since ICD-9 did not have a specific code for Fibromyalgia, the code 729.1 for Myalgia and Myositis was used to signify it. Before ICD-10 came into the picture, physicians had a very controversial opinion about Fibromyalgia. Now, since there is a designated code for it; even the ones having a contradictory view will have to consider it as a disease. Not only the doctors, but the payors must to approve of it too.
It’s notable how a simple code can make a difference. The story does not end here. Since it’s now recognized, we can soon hope to see more research on the same. For help with your ICD-10 coding, get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org.