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JAMA Revisited
April 16, 2014

Fibromyalgia SyndromeAn Emerging but Controversial Condition

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JAMA. 1987;257( (20) ):2782-- 2787.


May 22/29, 1987


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JAMA. 2014;311(15):1570. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279453

The syndrome termed fibromyalgia or fibrositis has recently attracted the interest of investigators and become a subject of general medical interest. Although some authors believe that fibromyalgia is not a discrete condition, rheumatologists now report that fibromyalgia is one of the most common diagnoses in ambulatory practice. Recent estimates of the prevalence of fibromyalgia in the United States have ranged from 3 to 6 million.…

One of the major difficulties in the evolution of the concept of fibromyalgia has been the use of the terms tender points and fibrositis nodules. Tender points were reported to be associated with rheumatism by Balfour in 1824, although Valleix’s description in his treatise on neuralgia, published in 1841, was particularly insightful:

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