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Medical Pack

Update: 2014 Medical pack review notice

Guidance on the management of fibromyalgia for the multidisciplinary team

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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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