Fibromyalgia Highly Prevalent Among Chronic Pain Patients in Korea, Study Reports

Fibromyalgia Highly Prevalent Among Chronic Pain Patients in Korea, Study Reports
Based on the modified 2010 American College of Rheumatology criteria, the prevalence of fibromyalgia is relatively high among chronic pain patients referred to outpatient pain clinics in Korea, an epidemiological study reports. Consequently, pain physicians should keep in mind the prevalence of this condition when diagnosing these patients, researchers suggest. The study, "Prevalence of fibromyalgia in fourteen Korean tertiary care university hospital pain clinics," was published in the Journal of Pain Research. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and memory and mood issues. Chronic pain, one of the hallmarks of the condition, is caused by alterations in the brain and the central nervous system, which causes the body to overreact to pain and other external stimuli, such as noise, smell, and bright lights. In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) defined the first diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, but this set of guidelines was considered by many as highly subjective, time-consuming, and noninclusive. In an attempt to improve this system, the ACR released new diagnostic criteria in 2010 specifically designed to facilitate their application in clinical prac
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  1. Pamela says:

    I have FIBROMYALGIA 30 years. I got it from a fall. I have IBS, and depression. I became more ill 25 yrs. ago. I was told I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome too. I suffer fro Oseto arthritis as well, and Degenerated disc. I had chronic pain for 30 years. I took Tramadol and Cyclobenzapine. I was fine. I took as needed. I moved to another State and they will not treat with pain medications unless you go to hospital. I have used pain patches after they stopped my pain medications and they help.

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