The fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome

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The term fibromyalgia describes a complex syndrome

characterized by pain amplification, musculoskeletal

discomfort, and systemic symptoms. Although its existence has

been controversial, nearly all rheumatologists now accept

fibromyalgia as a distinct diagnostic entity. In fact, in the

United States it is the third or fourth most common reason for

rheumatology referral. Exciting new insights into the

aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of

fibromyalgia will be reviewed.