Chronic widespread pain as a medico-legal issue.

A systematic approach to the determination of disability in persons with chronic widespread pain is based on a careful history, examination for tenderpoints, and special investigations to establish a firm diagnosis. Further assessment requires determination of subjective and objective measures of impairment. The causes of fibromyalgia are multifactorial and understanding them requires an appreciation of the role of physical or psychological trauma, and associated medical and psychosocial factors. Despite the presence of disability risk factors, most patients with fibromyalgia maintain a good range of normal daily activities and continue working.


Baillieres Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol 1999 Sep; 13(3): 531-43

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

PMID: 10562384, UI: 20023806

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