Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disease that can have a wide range of features ranging from widespread body pain, chronic fatigue to mood swing.  There is no specific test for the disorder but a set of diagnostic criteria has been established in medicine.

Treatments include physical exercise, socialization and medications of various types.  Narcotics are infrequently needed.  There are now several medications approved for treating fibromyalgia. Several long-term studies have shown that physical exercise remains the most beneficial prescribed activity. Trigger point injections are used for focal complaints.

It is important that other metabolic, neurological or rheumatological causes have been considered and ruled out before making the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.