Despite the overt symptoms of widespread muscle pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose. For the most part, its fundamental causes remain unknown; however, pharmacological and adjunctive therapies can often help to control symptoms. Patients who are armed with knowledge can better understand their pain and incorporate lifestyle changes that help manage the condition.
After other related conditions are ruled out, the health care team can focus on managing the symptoms of this debilitating disorder. The health care team often utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to find effective treatments for fibromyalgia patients.
The nursing staff should recognize the patient’s symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and know which resources will be the most effective in providing relief to the patient. It is also important to educate the patient and family members about the complementary therapies available, and simple lifestyle changes that can contribute toward a better quality of life for the fibromyalgia patient.
National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association
American College of Rheumatology
American College of Sports Medicine