Indexed on: 13 Apr '10Published on: 13 Apr '10Published in: Medical Clinics of North America
Fibromyalgia (FM) remains an enigmatic and challenging clinical entity to manage, given its far-reaching spectrum of symptoms, chronicity, associated psychopathology, and lack of clinically available diagnostic tests. However, recent insights into the pathophysiology of FM offer hope that this condition, as with all members of the central sensitization syndromes, can be more readily diagnosed, measured, and treated. This paper presents the epidemiology features and pathogenesis of FM in the context of evaluating NCCP as a prototype among central pain sensitization syndromes. Evidence for the multimodality approach to treatment of this condition is also presented.