Fibromyalgia

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Most people have heard of fibromyalgia, but most patients and even other physicians do not understand this condition. For many years this was an unrecognized condition and most physicians simply thought this condition was completely psychosomatic. However, in 1990 The American College of Rheumatology finally gave physicians some criteria to determine if someone had fibromyalgia. This criteria was recently updated in 2010. Let me summarize this criteria:

  1. Widespread Pain Index (WPI) is a survey which lists the areas of the body that the patient experiences muscular pain. You should have 7 or more areas listed .
  2. Symptom Severity Scale (SS) is a survey measuring the intensity of symptoms. You should be a 5 or more.
  3. OR have a WPI from 3-6 and SS 9 and higher.
  4. These symptoms should be fairly consistent for a period of at least 3 months.
  5. You should not have another disorder that would explain your symptoms, such as hypothyroidism, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, Lyme’s disease, interstitial cystitis, Chiari formation, cervical spine stenosis, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. Please note that that 25 to 65% of the conditions above can also co-occur with fibromyalgia. This might suggest some of these different conditions may have some common origins.

You can obtain a copy of these surveys by going to: www.fibroknowledge.com/ downloads/2010_ACR_CRITE RIA..pdf. See how you perform! Please remember these surveys will strongly suggest you may have fibromyalgia, but will not totally confirm your diagnosis.

According to The American College of Rheumatology in 2004 it is estimated that 1 in 50 people have fibromyalgia or about 3-6 million Americans.According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the ratio of women to men having fibromyalgia is 7:1. Other estimates are that 80-90% of those with fibromyalgia are women. Most people are diagnosed during middle age and the incidence increases with age. It is the second most common musculoskeletal problem besides osteoarthritis, according to The American College of Rheumatology. 5.5 million visits per year are made to physicians for fibromyalgia and it also accounts for a significant loss of time from work. About 50% of those with fibromyalgia suffer from constant headaches or migraines. People with fibromyalgia are 3.4 times more likely to suffer from depression.

 

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