The clinical management of fibromyalgia (FM)

Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic diffuse muscular aches,

fatigue and poor sleep; it affects nearly three million

individuals in the United States alone, predominantly younger

women. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires adherence to the

American College of Rheumatology criteria and the exclusion of

secondary causes and systemic diseases. Treatment with sleep

cycle regulators, NSAIDs, and light aerobic exercise is

usually helpful. Patients must be reminded that fibromyalgia

is often a chronic condition, but can be successfully treated.

Parziale JR

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