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Understanding Fibromyalgia and Its Treatment Options

Peterson, Janet RN, MSN, CEN

Features: MUSCULOSKELETAL CARE
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Fibromyalgia is a complex syndrome characterized by fatigue and widespread pain throughout the musculoskeletal system, both of which have been sustained for 3 months or longer. It is imperative that practitioners diagnose the disorder accurately using criteria set by the American College of Rheumatology. Treatment is geared toward relief of symptoms, predominantly the reduction of pain and improved sleep quality. Exercise and serotonin reuptake inhibitors are known to reduce the pain and improve sleep.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janet Peterson is an Emergency Room Supervisor at Cumberland Regional Health Center, Cumberland, Wis.

AUTHOR DISCLOSURE

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationship or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this education activity.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.