In recent years, the medical industry saw a breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia (FM) with the 2010 American College of Rheumatology preliminary fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria.
Although the 2010 criteria made diagnosing a patient easier in some ways, it inadvertently imposed a burden on evaluating physicians-- forcing them to interview patients and understand all symptoms before identifying the problem.
Of course, the medical team at American Spine is using the term “burden” jokingly because with this development, the diagnostic process is much more in-depth and provides patients with an accurate and “customized” diagnosis.
The previous method, known as the 1990 ACR Classification Criteria, relied heavily on a “tender point examination” that would often render misleading results. Now, physicians using the 2010 method can recognize widespread chronic pain and delineate what symptoms are FM-related and which ones are due to preexisting conditions.
Thus, a physician can conclude whether or not a patient is suffering from FM or similar chronic illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
Visiting your primary care physician (PCP) is not a healthcare option we would suggest, only because the amount of education needed to understand the pathogenesis of FM is incredibly extensive.
If you’re living with FM, it’s important to receive a specialized treatment plan. Treatments include medication, lifestyle changes and other alternative therapies. Call American Spine today to discuss your options at (951) 734-7246.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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