Fibromyalgia

This toolkit aims to support health care professions in supporting and managing people presenting with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a difficult and debilitating condition and while pain is the primary symptom, a host of other symptoms can accompany the pain including fatigue, sleep disorders, headaches, memory or concentration problems, mood disturbances and stiffness. Where guidelines have included both assessment and management, the guideline link will be posted in both sections.

Assessment / Diagnosis: 
The following links will provide up to date and evidence based guidance in assessing fibromyalgia. FM is currently diagnosed using the modified 2010 American College of Rheumatology criteria that uses two scales, the Widespread Pain Index (WPI) and the Symptom Severity (SS) Scale. To fulfill the 2010 diagnostic criteria a patient needs to have: Either WPI≥7 and SS ≥5 or WPI 3-6 and SS≥9 ( plus > 3 months and other causes excluded). The following sites are helpful in supporting assessment of fibromyalgia.
Management / Guidelines: 
The following links provide up to date, evidence based guidance and guidelines on managing fibromyalgia. Links presented in this section also provide guidance on what information and advice may be given to reduce the impact of the condition.
Self Management: 

This section provides links to useful information to support self management in people who live with fibromyalgia.

Further Information: 
This section provides website that are helpful in looking at innovative ways of managing patients with fibromyalgia.