Fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a more common a condition than

previously estimated. The most recent estimates are that 3 to

6 million patients have been diagnosed with FMS. The ACR

criteria, established in 1990, provide the primary care

provider with definitive subjective and objective findings

that have shown to be 88% accurate in their ability to

diagnose patients with the syndrome. There is no cure for FMS.

It is a chronic condition, but patients quality of life can be

improved when fatigue and pain are reduced. The institution of

a plan that is developed collaboratively by the patient and

the provider is the essence of successful symptom management.

The hallmarks of the management plan include: improving the

quality of sleep through the judicious use of medications that

boost the body’s level of serotonin (therefore reducing

fatigue), and reducing pain through complimentary modalities

such as exercise, physical therapy, relaxation techniques,

massage, and biofeedback.

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