ProHealth me-cfs Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

|
|

Trending News

The Muscle-Brain Connection in ME/CFS Revealed

The Neurobiology of ME/CFS

Interview: Jennifer Brea Talks About Obstacles, Adjustments, and Inspiration

Adrenal Burnout? Naturally Boost Your Energy & Manage Stress

Smartphone app and specialised clinic for chronic fatigue patients

DNA Methylation Modifications Associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Curcumin Made 65X More Bioavailable - Modern Take on a "Golden" Spice Busts Brain Fog, Joint & Body ...

VIDEO: Dr. Newton Talks About Biomarkers and the Future of ME/CFS Treatment

Stress management skills, cortisol awakening response, and post-exertional malaise in Chronic Fatigu...

Validating a measure of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome symptomatology

 
Print Page
Email Article

Proposed New Self-Reported Screening Tool Identifies Likely Fibromyalgia Patients

  [ 14 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • April 17, 2013


Editor's Note:  The original diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, developed by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1990, required a physician to conduct a hands-on tender point exam.  A revised ACR diagnostic criteria, proposed in 2010, eliminated the tender point exam and added symptoms other than just pain, such as fatigue and cognitive functioning difficulties. 

While based on the revised ACR criteria, the screening tool evaluated in this study is briefer and can be completed by the patient.  This screening tool is not intended to provide a definitive diagnosis of FM but rather to identify patients who are likely to have FM as opposed to another chronic pain condition.  A clinical evaluation by a physician would still be necessary to confirm a fibromyalgia diagnosis and rule out other potential conditions that might have symptoms similar to FM. 



Brief, Self-Report Fibromyalgia Screener Evaluated in a Sample of Chronic Pain Patients.

By Dawn A. Marcus, MD, Cheryl Bernstein, MD, and Kara L. Albrecht, PAC

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: To validate a self-report fibromyalgia screener in a chronic pain population.

DESIGN:
Adults with chronic pain were evaluated with a six-item, self-report fibromyalgia screening tool based on revised American College of Rheumatology (ACR) fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria, with fibromyalgia diagnosed when patients experienced chronic pain and scored ≥13 on the ACR fibromyalgia symptom severity scale. Patients were independently assigned clinical diagnoses by treating clinicians.

SETTING: University-based, tertiary care pain clinic.

SUBJECTS: Three hundred thirty-seven mixed chronic pain patients.

RESULTS: Agreement between the clinical diagnosis and screener diagnosis was good (P < 0.001), with 76% sensitivity and 82% specificity.

CONCLUSION: A self-administered, brief fibromyalgia screening questionnaire can effectively identify chronic pain patients who will likely have clinical fibromyalgia.


Source:  Pain Medicine, April 11, 2013. By Dawn A. Marcus, MD, Cheryl Bernstein, MD, and Kara L. Albrecht, PAC. Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.




Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 



[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Your Next Order

Featured Products

B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 your brain needs for detox & sharpness

Natural Remedies

Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss
The Most Powerful Natural Antioxidant Discovered to Date - Hydroxytyrosol The Most Powerful Natural Antioxidant Discovered to Date - Hydroxytyrosol
Sleep Like a Baby in Nature's Cradle Sleep Like a Baby in Nature's Cradle
Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance
Magnesium + Malic Acid: One-Two Punch for Pain & Fatigue Magnesium + Malic Acid: One-Two Punch for Pain & Fatigue

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia 101
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS 101
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE
CONTACT US
PRIVACY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing