11 doctors weighed in:
Is fibromyalgia just a  new name for hypochondria?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Different
Hypochondria is where you think you are ill when you actually are not.
Fibromyalgia is a real, multi-faceted condition and not at all a new name for hypochondria.

In brief: Different
Hypochondria is where you think you are ill when you actually are not.
Fibromyalgia is a real, multi-faceted condition and not at all a new name for hypochondria.
Dr. Malinda Linn
Dr. Malinda Linn
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Dr. Michele Arnold
There are criteria that a patient must meet in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The American College of Rheumatology is a great resource for further information.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not True
At first glance #fibromyalgia (fm) complaints same as those common to psychological disorders.
Real (organic) tissue ; biochemical changes can induce mental disarray. Organic changes of fm, not well understood, currently seen in research labs. Unfortunately, when many doctors encounter fm patients they fall back on age-old medical view that absence of objective findings means mental problem.

In brief: Not True
At first glance #fibromyalgia (fm) complaints same as those common to psychological disorders.
Real (organic) tissue ; biochemical changes can induce mental disarray. Organic changes of fm, not well understood, currently seen in research labs. Unfortunately, when many doctors encounter fm patients they fall back on age-old medical view that absence of objective findings means mental problem.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
A diagnosis without a proven test leaves me skeptical !
Dr. Laurence Badgley
FM oft overlooked due to lack of objective laboratory &/or imaging study findings. Time constraints from economic realities prohibit in-depth history taking & pattern recognition. Symptoms nebulous & similarly seen in many patients historically known as malingering and/or beset with psychiatric disorders. As a result many doctors doubt reality of FM.  
Dr. James Wolfe
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: No.
Fibromyalgia patients have somatic complaints related to what is believed to be underlying dysfunction in the transmission and processing of pain signals from muscle-nerve endings.
Certain interventions, including medication, may improve these somatic complaints. To the best of our knowledge, hypochondria is a primarily psychological abnormality manifested by somatic complaints.

In brief: No.
Fibromyalgia patients have somatic complaints related to what is believed to be underlying dysfunction in the transmission and processing of pain signals from muscle-nerve endings.
Certain interventions, including medication, may improve these somatic complaints. To the best of our knowledge, hypochondria is a primarily psychological abnormality manifested by somatic complaints.
Dr. James Wolfe
Dr. James Wolfe
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