This page is especially for doctors who do not recognise fibromyalgia, do not know how to diagnose or treat it or who just want to know more about the condition. This site is pretty comprehensive but it's aimed mainly at the sufferers of the FM Syndrome. Here you will find items specifically for doctors to aid them in the holistic treatment of fibro.
"10 million patients in pain is more real than the lack of knowledge of 90% of doctors that don't recognise or acknowledge fibromyalgia."
Fibromyalgia syndrome: management in primary care. A leaflet produced by Arthritis Research UK for GPs about the management of fibromyalgia.
Interactive training lecture for medical professionals but of interest to patients!
Doctors, please note the official guidelines!
Article updated in July 2009 gives an overall view of FMS to aid medics in their diagnosis, understanding and treatment of fibromyalgia. Educate yourself and give the link to your GP.
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia. An article published in January 2008 in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics. All the latest views, treatment, medication with history, diagnosis and accompanying problems.
The major purpose of this article is to provide information that FM patients can take to their doctors to help them make diagnoses earlier. It can also be used as a tool to provide objective scientific evidence for skeptical doctors who don't believe that FM is a real medical entity. Finally, it will provide some basic FM treatments that primary care doctors can initiate. This is in Word format and can easily be printed.
You can also view the article on the Frontier News website.
Although the pathophysiology underlying the pain of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) remains unknown, a variety of clinical and investigational findings suggests a dysregulation of dopaminergic neurotransmission.
The January 2007 issue of The Journal of Pain provides new scientific evidence demonstrating for the first time that there is a fundamental difference between the brains of fibromyalgia patients and healthy individuals not afflicted with the disorder.
Yes, the NHS DOES recognise it!! Doctors, please take note.
Practical Pain Management journal contains tutorial articles designed to help diagnose and treat various aspects of pain. The journal with the practitioner in mind.
Guidance on the management of fibromyalgia for the multidisciplinary team
Fibro explained - diagnosis, treatment, pathology. What GPs ought to know about FMS - in a nutshell.
The Canadian Consensus Documents for ME/CFS and FMS, which were the fruition of many years of lobbying by the National ME/FM Action Network, were written by an International Expert Panel selected by Health Canada.
This review briefly considers the rationale supporting traditional treatment options and their efficacy including the role of exercise, and pharmacotherapy. Juxtasupposed with these common approaches to relieve fibromyalgia pain and fatigue are the promising new medications that are being developed.
A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Pramipexole a dopomine agonist, in patients with fibromyalgia receiving concomitant medications.
From the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Decreased Sleep Spindles and Spindle Activity in Midlife Women with Fibromyalgia and Pain
Self-Reported Sleep Quality and Fatigue Correlates With Actigraphy in Midlife Women with Fibromyalgia
A question that is often raised by patients is ‘Why doesn’t my doctor know all of this?’ The reason is that the overwhelming majority (all but a few percent) of physicians (endocrinologists, internists, family practitioners, rheumatologists, etc.) do not read medical journals. When asked, most doctors will claim that they routinely read medical journals, but this has been shown not to be the case.