Fibromyalgia Syndrome

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic rheumatologic disorder. The primary symptoms include musculoskeletal pain and aching, disturbed sleep, fatigue, morning stiffness, and local tenderness. It is frequently misdiagnosed, despite being a fairly common, chronic disorder in most primary care clinics. Failure to make this diagnosis often leads to unnecessary medical and surgical treatment.The treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome is multifaceted. Goals include reassurance, education about pain management and modification, and symptom reduction. Exercise may be beneficial. Amitriptyline is effective in reducing certain symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as pain and lack of restful sleep. Narcotics, steroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be avoided.

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