Which clinical history findings are characteristic of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Apr 04, 2018
  • Author: T P Sudha Rao, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Classification criteria for fibromyalgia require widespread pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 defined points. These criteria yield a sensitivity of 88.4% and a specificity of 81.1%. [17]  In clinical practice, chronic widespread muscular pain may be associated with fewer tender points but is often combined with other characteristic symptoms of fibromyalgia, including the following:

  • Nonrestorative sleep
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Stiffness
  • Headache
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Mood disorders

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