How should physicians approach the discussion of a fibromyalgia diagnosis with a patient?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The first crucial element in the treatment of pain, fatigue, and other diverse symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia is for the clinician to validate the patient’s illness through empathetic listening and acknowledgment that the patient is indeed experiencing pain. [27, 34, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110] Comments such as "it’s all in your mind" or "I cannot find anything wrong with you" only add to the patient's frustration.


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