Rheumatology clinic

Fibromyalgia: small steps on a long journey

Rheumatology clinic

Fibromyalgia: small steps on a long journey

THOMAS KHOO, ATHENA CHIN, SAMUEL WHITTLE

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Abstract

Although much is still unknown about fibromyalgia, its appropriate diagnosis and multimodal treatment strategies offer some hope for patients in developing good self-management of their symptoms and preserving function.

Article Extract

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that acquired its current name 50 years ago, although it has existed for centuries with different labels.1 It is the second most common rheumatological condition (behind osteoarthritis) with a prevalence of between 2% and 8% and can occur at any age and in diverse ethnic groups.2,3 Despite this, it has remained a topic of controversy with contested views on its clinical diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment methods.4