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The current Eular 2016 guidelines on fibromyalgia can be found here and were previously published in an early release form.

The html version of this document that you are reading is a past version of the Medical Professionals booklet. The current version of the document is available in PDF format from here with instructions on how to request a printed copy for your Medical Professional. We are currently reviewing this booklet to update it for current diagnostic criteria and health professional guidance. 

We hope to update the HTML version below as soon as possible. We are leaving it here as a reference only.



This has previously been sent out to medical professionals from head office. It is now available on our website in an easy to read article format with table of contents on the right hand side.

Request that a Medical Pack is sent to your GP from FMA UK.

Fibromyalgia is a painful, non-articular condition predominantly involving muscles; it is the most common cause of chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain. It is typically associated with persistent fatigue, non refreshing sleep and generalised stiffness (Table 1).1

Fibromyalgia affects about 2% of the UK population2 with females outnumbering males in a ratio of 9:1. The most common age group affected is between 45–60, though it can occur at any age, even in children. There is no distinction between ethnic or social groups.

The onset of fibromyalgia can be sudden or gradual, traumatic or non-traumatic. Fibromyalgia can also co-exist with other distinct clinical disorders.3

Prognosis can depend on treatment availability and approach, and the individual’s willingness to adopt a self-management outlook. In 1998, Turk et al demonstrated that an interdisciplinary approach exploring concepts of

  • Medication utilisation
  • Activity scheduling
  • Graded exercise
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

to be the optimal intervention for individuals with fibromyalgia.

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