In this week’s episode Lisa and Sara speak to Professor Anthony Jones and Consultant Physiotherapist William Gregory from Salford Royal Foundation Trust to learn more about Fibromyalgia. In part 1 we cover what the condition involves, the central sensitisation theory, useful examination tips and differentials to consider. We also talk about simple ways of explaining a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia to your patients.
In part 2 (which will be released in 2 weeks), we break down management options as well as hearing about research and resources helpful to patients and practitioners.
Fibromyalgia prevalence at 1 in 10: Mansfield et al (2016) A systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence of chronic widespread pain in the general population. Pain 157:1
American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2016 fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria: Wolfe F, Clauw DJ, FitzCharles M, Goldenberg D, Hauser W, Katz RS, Russell IJ, Mease PJ, Russell A, Walitt B. 2016 Revisions to the 2010/2011 Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016;68 (suppl 10)
Currently available checklist for Fibromyalgia diagnosis on ACR website:
A version of the 2016 ACR checklist (amended from the 2010 version):
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society - Have you got the S factor?:
FMA UK website (for patient info and list of local support groups): http://www.fmauk.org/
Changes in healthcare utilisation pre- versus post- diagnosis; Hughes et al (2006) The impact of a diagnosis of fibromyalgia on healthcare resource use by primary care patients in the UK. Arthritis and Rheumatism (54, 1, p177-183) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16385513
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