Key Chapter Points
Fibromyalgia-like symptoms were first discussed in the 1800s.
The American College of Rheumatology published classification criteria for a unique and specific syndrome of fibromyalgia in 1990.
Today’s fibromyalgia should not be confused with previously identified vague and non-specific syndrome diagnoses, like muscular rheumatism and fibrositis.
Fibromyalgia sufferers are very interested in having healthcare providers who take their complaints seriously and treat them as credible patients.
Fibromyalgia patients need to receive a diagnosis from their doctors that does not imply their symptoms are entirely explained by stress or psychological distress.
KeywordsClassification Credibility Diagnosis Fibrositis Muscular rheumatism
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