Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness characterized by widespread muscular aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue, and sleep disturbances. The most common sites of pain include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvic girdle, and hands. Because of its debilitating nature, fibromyalgia seriously impacts the sufferers’ families, friends and workplaces.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by the presence of multiple tender points and a constellation of symptoms. Currently, no lab tests are available to diagnose fibromyalgia. Doctors must rely on patient history, self-reported symptoms, a physical examination, and a tender point examination. Because many doctors are still inadequately educated about fibromyalgia, it is estimated that it takes an average of five years for a fibromyalgia sufferer to get an accurate diagnosis.
Treatment for fibromyalgia includes lifestyle adaptation, pain management, sleep management, psychological support, and other therapies. Due to the lack of education and understanding of fibromyalgia, many workers’ compensation insurance carriers will deny benefits to injured workers suffering from work-related fibromyalgia.
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