fibromyalgia
FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is a clinical syndrome wherein the patient experiences generalized pain and fatigue that cannot be explained by the presence of any other disorder.
It is often considered to be psychosomatic or psychogenic in nature.
It is found in approximately 2% of the population and the prevalence increases with age, most common in women 20-55 year of age

Patient Education

  • Critical in the optimal management of FM
  • Goal is to help the patient understand & manage the symptoms optimally, reduce dependence on the medical system & work effectively w/in the system
  • Provide patient & family w/ information about FM, diagnosis & all treatment options
  • It should be emphasized that FM is a real disease & is not a deforming or a deteriorating disorder
    • Great majority of patients have normal & active lives
  • Emphasize the role of stress & mood disorder, encourage FM patients to learn simple relaxation techniques & to consider formal stress-reduction programs
  • Reinforce the importance of proper sleep hygiene
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