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Treatment for Fibromyalgia in Denver/Littleton Area

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of chronic, widespread pain and tenderness. It typically presents in young or middle-aged women but can affect patients of either sex and at any age.

Fibromyalgia

Signs and symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that consists of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Persistent (≥ 3 mo) widespread pain (pain/tenderness on both sides of the body, above and below the waist, and includes the axial spine [usually the paraspinus, scapular, and trapezius muscles])
  • Stiffness
  • Fatigue; disrupted and unrefreshing sleep
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Multiple other unexplained symptoms, anxiety and/or depression, and functional impairment of activities of daily living (ADLs)

Diagnosis

Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion and patients must be thoroughly evaluated for the presence of other disorders that could be the cause of symptoms before a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is made. The clinical assessment may reveal objective evidence for a discrete or comorbid illness, such as the following:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Polymyalgia rheumatic
  • Other inflammatory or autoimmune disorders
  • Serious cardiac conditions in those with chest pain, dyspnea, and palpitations

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