Fibromyalgia and Pain Management Explained

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Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain syndrome with no clearly identified cause. Due to this, treatment tends to be difficult. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2 to 5% of the population and is more common in women than men.

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Every person with fibromyalgia will have different symptoms and different treatment goals, so treatment is individualised. As nurses, we may find our role is to provide support to the individual, as well as focus on pain management. It is also important to remember that fibromyalgia isn’t only about pain management - there are many other symptoms the patient will be experiencing, and all of these symptoms will be impacting on their quality of life.


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Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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David Baker
12 Oct 2022
provide a clear insight
Patricia Booth
16 Mar 2021
Informative article covering all the complexities of fibromyalgia
Grace Cleary
04 Jun 2020
This is a good snapshot of symptoms, management and aetiology of fibromyalgia.
Vivien Bonney
30 May 2023
Registered Nurse
great information and knowledge I did not have
Kathryn Green
10 Jun 2023
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21 Oct 2022
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Julia Dankowski
30 Jul 2021
Very interesting read, explaining the symptoms and signs clearly. And treatment outcomes and choices.
Dorothy Mogendi
31 May 2021
Adrienne Agostino
12 May 2021
Interesting learning that fibromyalgia suffers have a different brain perception of musculoskeletal pain versus the actual site of musculoskeletal pain/injury.
Nalini Vandra
19 Mar 2021
This was Very resourceful and short course to enhance my knowledge and skills to support patients suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms.
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