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What's fibromyalgia? Just a big catchall phrase?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder in which pressure on specific points produces pain and pressure on adjacent points does not.

In brief: No
Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder in which pressure on specific points produces pain and pressure on adjacent points does not.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The symptom constellation is diverse and heavily ladened with psychologic disarray, unhappiness, and outright depression.
Within the practice of medicine there is an unfortunate tendency to ascribe, to the mind, complex symptoms for which there are no tests of proof. "hypochondria" is nowadays a term little used, but the concept continues to shadow "fibromyalgia" in the minds of some doctors.

In brief: No
The symptom constellation is diverse and heavily ladened with psychologic disarray, unhappiness, and outright depression.
Within the practice of medicine there is an unfortunate tendency to ascribe, to the mind, complex symptoms for which there are no tests of proof. "hypochondria" is nowadays a term little used, but the concept continues to shadow "fibromyalgia" in the minds of some doctors.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
At Quora.com, under my name, and on my Pain Syndrome board of posts, I offer 100 essays devoted to the cause and treatment of Fibromyalgia.  At Healthtap.com, I have answered dozens of questions about these subjects, and which can probably be accessed. 
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

In brief: Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Dr. Liesa Harte
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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Criteria exist
There are published diagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
First, other similar conditions must be ruled out, then the diagnosis is confirmed through exam by a physician familiar with fibromyalgia. You must have at least 11 of 18 defined tender points, pain >3-6 months, pain above & below waist, pain on both left & right sides of the body, as well as other associated symptoms.

In brief: Criteria exist
There are published diagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
First, other similar conditions must be ruled out, then the diagnosis is confirmed through exam by a physician familiar with fibromyalgia. You must have at least 11 of 18 defined tender points, pain >3-6 months, pain above & below waist, pain on both left & right sides of the body, as well as other associated symptoms.
Dr. Michele Arnold
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