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A database for fibromyalgia (FM)

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www.ProHealth.com • May 5, 1995


FMS is a complex condition mainly characterized by the presence of
chronic pain. The nature of this complaint thus demands
assessment in a hierarchal fashion of the various components
of the pain system ranging from the nociceptor through to
complex central pain-processing mechanisms. The condition is
common and represents the most important defined chronic pain
syndrome.

Elucidation of the mechanisms and better management
of FMS will result in improved knowledge of a whole range of
related chronic pain syndromes. The database in FMS is
necessarily large but does need to be focused according to the
need of the person constructing the database and the need of
the individual with FMS. As our understanding of FMS evolves,
better ways of assessing the various dimensions of the problem
will be devised. Perhaps the challenge we face is to bring all
the parts together. In doing so, we may find there is a single
essential component that links all the clinical features
together, which correlates well with severity, disability and
outcome, which is amenable to treatment programs, and which is
measurable. The search for the soul of the "elephant" of FMS
continues.

Littlejohn GO




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