MENU ▼
Read by QxMD icon Read
search
OPEN IN READ APP
JOURNAL ARTICLE

Fibromyalgia. What is it and how do we treat it?

G Littlejohn
Australian Family Physician 2001, 30 (4): 327-33
11355218

BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder that is characterised by widespread pain, tenderness at multiple anatomical sites and other clinical manifestations such as fatigue and sleep disturbance. It occurs predominantly in women and affects approximately 2-4% of people in industrialised societies.

OBJECTIVE: To discuss the syndrome of fibromyalgia and effective management strategies.

DISCUSSION: Fibromyalgia is a disorder of pain amplification due to increased sensitivity of the pain system. Management of simple fibromyalgia involves education regarding the nature of the problem, an exercise program and advice on stress management. However, management needs to be flexible and holistic and may involve relaxation programs, physical therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy and analgesic medication.

Comments

You need to log in or sign up for an account to be able to comment.

No comments yet, be the first to post one!

Trending on Read

Available on the App Store

Available on the Play Store
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
11355218
×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"