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  Title Research. Clinical brief: Challenges with the differential diagnosis of fibromyalgia
URL http://www.tihcij.com/Articles/Clinical-Brief-Challenges-with-the-Differential-Diagnosis-of-Fibromyalgia.aspx?id=0000298
Journal Top Integr Health Care. 2011 ;2(3):Online access only 4 p
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Abstract/Notes Fibromyalgia (FM) is a diagnosis of exclusion used to describe patients with a cluster of symptoms that are not attributed to a recognized disease process. The hallmark symptom of FM is chronic widespread pain which is bilateral, above and below the waist, and involving the axial skeleton and/or torso. The symptom cluster also includes unrefreshing sleep, fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and a number of somatic complaints. Unfortunately, FM is often misdiagnosed because these symptoms may also be found associated with latent pathology or disease, metabolic/functional disorders, or chronic musculoskeletal disorders. All clinicians who treat chronic pain patients should learn how to differentiate between FM and other causes of widespread pain and fatigue.

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