Adv Psychosom Med. 2015;34:78-91. doi: 10.1159/000369087. Epub 2015 Mar 30.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome: management issues.
- 1Centre for Psychiatry at The Wolfson Institute for Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome represent two of the most commonly encountered functional somatic syndromes in clinical practice.
Both have been contentious diagnoses in the past, and this diagnostic dispute has resulted in a therapeutic nihilism that has been of great detriment to their management and to alleviation of the intense suffering and disability that they have caused their innumerable sufferers.
A new age has dawned in terms of a better understanding of these syndromes' physiology and improved approaches to their management.
Here, the diagnosis and management of these closely related disorders are discussed, with particular reference to the recent empirical evidence that has come to light as a consequence of neurophysiological insights and robustly designed randomised clinical trials.
Much work remains to be done in this vein, but we are better placed to facilitate recovery from these disorders than we have been previously.
Whilst remission should always be a goal, complete symptom resolution is not the norm, but 'moderate' improvements are certainly attainable with appropriate management.
PMID: 25832515 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
From: Balon R, Wise TN (eds): Clinical Challenges in the Biopsychosocial Interface. Update on Psychosomatics for the 21st Century