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Am Fam Physician. 1982 May;25(5):115-21.

Primary fibromyalgia.


Primary fibromyalgia is a common but often unrecognized rheumatic condition. The typical patient is a young woman who complains of diffuse aches, pains and stiffness in joints and muscles. The symptoms are affected by weather and activities. Patients sleep poorly, feel tired and are often anxious. Physical examination reveals multiple tender points without evidence of arthritis or muscle weakness. Laboratory findings are normal. Management requires a program of patient education and reassurance, analgesics, physical therapy, restful sleep and occasional injection of tender areas with lidocaine. Psychoactive drugs are frequently useful.

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