Designed by VaniMedia for Spine & Pain Anderson, SC
Spine & Pain Management in Anderson, Easley, Greenville, Upstate SC
Increased recognition of FM in both primary care and rheumatology clinics has skyrocketed
since the publication of the ACR’s FM classification criteria in 1990. Diagnostic
criteria also set the stage for epidemiological studies, demonstrating that FM in
the general population has a prevalence ranging from 1.3 to 7.3 percent.
pain and fatigue experienced by fibromyalgia syndrome patients is a chronic problem,
which tends to have a waxing and waning intensity. There is currently no generally
accepted cure for this condition According to recent research; most patients can
expect to have this problem lifelong. However, worthwhile improvement may be obtained
with appropriate treatment, as will be discussed later. There is often concern on
the part of patients, and sometimes physicians, that FMS is the early phase of some
more severe disease, such as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, etc.
Long-term follow up of fibromyalgia patients has shown that it is very unusual for
them to develop another rheumatic disease or neurological condition. However, it
is quite common for patients with "well established" rheumatic diseases, such as
rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus and Sjogren's syndrome to also have fibromyalgia.
is important for their doctor to realize they have such a combination of problems,
as specific therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, etc. does not have any effect
on FMS symptoms. Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome do not become crippled with
the condition, nor is there any evidence it effects the duration of their expected
life span. Nevertheless, due to varying levels of pain and fatigue, there is an inevitable
contraction of social, vocational activities which leads to a reduced quality of
life. As with many chronic diseases, the extent to which patients succumb to the
various effects of pain and fatigue are dependent upon numerous factors, in particular
their psycho-social support, financial status, childhood experiences, sense of humour
and determination to push on.
The American Rheumatology Society has deem FM to be present when at least 11 of
the 18 points are tender or painful to pressure. While physicians specializing in
Rheumatology or Physical Medicine have often diagnosed and treated FMS, many GPs
are also knowledgeable about this syndrome. The best physician for you will be one
who works with you to find the most helpful treatments. LEARN MORE
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which
the cause is still unknown. Most patients with fibromyalgia say that they ache all
over. Their muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked. Sometimes
the muscles twitch and at other times they burn. More women than men are afflicted
with fibromyalgia, but it shows up in people of all ages. Patients can find themselves
unable to work in their chosen professions and may have difficulty performing everyday
tasks. As a consequence of muscle pain, many FMS patients severely limit their activities
including exercise routines. This results in their becoming physically unfit - which
eventually makes their fibromyalgia syndrome symptoms worse.