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Fibromyalgia (FM) is not a muscle disorder

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By Simms RW • www.ProHealth.com • June 13, 1998


Originally described as "fibrositis," fibromyalgia has long
been considered a muscle disorder, and many studies have
investigated the possible pathologic basis of the disorder by
examining muscle tissue, using various methodologic
approaches. Although initial studies suggested a possible
pathologic basis in muscle, most had serious methodologic
limitations. More recent studies, however, have avoided
methodologic pitfalls and indicate that the muscles of
patients with fibromyalgia are normal. When data from studies
of tenderness are also taken into account, the weight of
evidence suggests that fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome
which has a central rather than peripheral or muscular basis.




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