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Fibromyalgia: Is it Real? And How Do You Diagnose It?

Fibromyalgia can be a challenging pain disorder to diagnose, so hear a panel of pain experts discuss current diagnostic criteria.

The American College of Rheumatology established the first diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia in 1990. This included the well-known criterion of 11 out of 18 tender points. The ACR released augmented criteria in 2010, which adds, among other things, a focus on the comorbidities of fibromyalgia (eg, sleep disturbances).

Review the 2010 revised ACR fibromyalgia diagnosis criteria.

This fibromyalgia diagnosis video is moderated by Joseph Shurman, MD. He is the Chairman of Pain Management at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The panelists are:

  • Charles E. Argoff, MD: Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director or the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center
  • John F. Peppin, DO, FACP: Director, Clinical Research Division at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass
  • Steven P. Stanos, DO: Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Medical Director, Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

In this Practical Pain Highlights video, the panelists discuss the 1990 ACR fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria, as well as the augmented 2010 criteria. After watching this, you should have a better idea of how to assess the patient who presents with common fibromyalgia symptoms, including widespread pain, cognition difficulties, and muscle tenderness.

First published on: April 27, 2012
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