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Fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome: a comprehensive approach to identification & management

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www.ProHealth.com • May 1, 1999


Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a common, chronic
musculoskeletal pain disorder of unknown etiology seen
predominately in women. It is recognized as an important
clinical problem associated with high levels of functional
disability, emotional distress, and utilization of several
types of medical services. While widespread pain and the
presence of multiple tender points characterize the dominating
features, there are a large number of nonrheumatic symptoms
and associated conditions that occur in a high frequency in
this disorder. When the characteristic pattern of symptoms is
recognized, FMS can be successfully managed by nurse
practitioners with expectation of some improvement. The
mainstays of management include patient education, medication,
aerobic exercise, and physical therapy. An ongoing
relationship with the patient and periodic follow-up are
mandatory.

Leslie M




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