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Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2006 Apr;3(4):44-60.

Fibromyalgia-: a review for the psychiatrist.

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  • 1Dr. Nihalani is with the Central New York Psychiatric Center, in Marcy, New York, and is Clinical Assistant Instructor.


This paper is a review article that collects and synthesizes up-to-date information about the complex etiological theories and treatment regimens associated with Fibromyalgia. The authors have written the paper in an evidence-based model in order to show the reader where adequate data exist in regards to these pharmacological, psychological, and physical strategies. A thorough MEDLINE search was utilized to collect many papers dedicated to this topic spanning 1970-2005.


The relevant papers were divided, based upon intervention used for the treatment of FM (pharmacological vs. non-pharmacological). They were also divided based on their scientific merit; randomized controlled trials were given the most evidence-based weight and the case studies the least.


The authors first review current epidemiologic and etiologic theories regarding fibromyalgia. A formal literature review is next presented to allow the reader to understand the evidence base that supports treatment of this disorder. In conclusion, a commentary regarding the treatment of this disorder in psychiatric practice occurs where pharmacodynamics and management strategy is discussed.


There is much literature available regarding treatment of fibromyalgia. This complex illness has reasonable controlled studies for monotherapy treatments; however, multimodal treatments are the usual norm.


Fibromyalgia; Pharmacotherapy; Physical therapy; Polypharmacy; Psychotherapy

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