Fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome a decade later: what have we learned?

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Source: Arch IM 1999 Apr 26;159(8):777-85

Despite substantial interest and investigation during the past

10 years, fibromyalgia continues to provoke many

controversies. The major issues discussed in this review

include the diagnostic utility of fibromyalgia, psychiatric

and central nervous system factors, therapy and outcome, and

compensation and disability. It is important to recognize the

psychosocial factors that distinguish patients with

fibromyalgia from persons in the community who meet criteria

for the syndrome but who do not seek medical care. Such

factors may be among the most important in long-term

treatment.

Goldenberg DL