Fibromyalgia guidance for health professionals

Fibromyalgia Action UK

Fibromyalgia is a painful, non-articular condition with pain felt predominantly in the muscles. It is the most common cause of chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain. It is typically associated with increased tenderness, persistent fatigue, non-refreshing sleep, and generalised stiffness. It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects between 2.9% and 4.7% of the UK population, with females outnumbering males in a ratio of 7:1. 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. Fibromyalgia can also co-exist with other distinct clinical disorders.

This Guidelines summary covers diagnosis, classification criteria, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological management.

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