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.


Classification Credibility Diagnosis Fibrositis Muscular rheumatism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Division of Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases (OP09)Oregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA

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