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Is fibromyalgia a real condition or a name given to describe otherwise unexplainable symptoms.?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Neither
? is whether fibromyalgia (FM) is real tissue disorder or merely label for collection of symptoms absent a known cause.
Am. College Rheumatology says is real condition w. unknown cause. IMO, FM is a real tissue disorder (soft tissues) with objective findings via Osteopath-type exam of shoulder & pelvic girdles. The clinician should look for signs of sacroiliac joint & thoracic outlet disorders.

In brief: Neither
? is whether fibromyalgia (FM) is real tissue disorder or merely label for collection of symptoms absent a known cause.
Am. College Rheumatology says is real condition w. unknown cause. IMO, FM is a real tissue disorder (soft tissues) with objective findings via Osteopath-type exam of shoulder & pelvic girdles. The clinician should look for signs of sacroiliac joint & thoracic outlet disorders.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Insightful question
Fibromyalgia is certainly "something"! there is some suggestion that it is a hypersensitivity of the nociceptors (pain receptors) thereby lowering the pain threshhold.
It does appear however that many things not easily explained are erroneously dumped into this category thereby using fibromyalgia as a wastebasket. Either way, these individuals suffer and need our help and understanding.

In brief: Insightful question
Fibromyalgia is certainly "something"! there is some suggestion that it is a hypersensitivity of the nociceptors (pain receptors) thereby lowering the pain threshhold.
It does appear however that many things not easily explained are erroneously dumped into this category thereby using fibromyalgia as a wastebasket. Either way, these individuals suffer and need our help and understanding.
Dr. Michael Jones
Dr. Michael Jones
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Dr. Jeremy Proctor
Family Medicine
In brief: Real
It is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by discomfort that does not have a "known cause" like trauma or inflammation.
That being said, the syndrome is certainly real and typically treated with medications that treat neuropathic (originating in nerves) pain. With adequate treatment, patients typically report significantly lower pain scales and lead happier, healthier lives.

In brief: Real
It is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by discomfort that does not have a "known cause" like trauma or inflammation.
That being said, the syndrome is certainly real and typically treated with medications that treat neuropathic (originating in nerves) pain. With adequate treatment, patients typically report significantly lower pain scales and lead happier, healthier lives.
Dr. Jeremy Proctor
Dr. Jeremy Proctor
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