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Mayo Clin Proc. 2011 May;86(5):457-64. doi: 10.4065/mcp.2010.0738.

Improving the recognition and diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and the Women's Health Research Program, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, USA. lesley.arnold@uc.edu

Abstract

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic widespread pain disorder often seen in primary care practices. Advances in the understanding of FM pathophysiology and clinical presentation have improved the recognition and diagnosis of FM in clinical practice. Fibromyalgia is a clinical diagnosis based on signs and symptoms and is appropriate for primary care practitioners to make. The hallmark symptoms used to identify FM are chronic widespread pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Awareness of common mimics of FM and comorbid disorders will increase confidence in establishing a diagnosis of FM.

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