Fibromyalgia is a rheumatological disease that affects the soft tissue around joints. It is well recognized that the trauma from an automobile collision can trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia include: pain, stiffness, and aching in muscles; presence of multiple tender ‘trigger’ points; sleep disturbance; localized abnormal skin sensation; leg cramps; perceived swelling of the hands; and a specific type of personality.
There are no lab tests or radiological tests that are able to diagnose fibromyalgia. Often it is a diagnosis of exclusion – meaning that the physician excludes other known causes for the symptoms. In 2010, the American College of Rheumatology established criteria for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. You can view these criteria by clicking here.
Fibromyalgia falls within the specialty of rheumatology and patients are normally referred to a rheumatologist for treatment upon diagnosis. There is no cure for fibromyalgia and treatment options are limited.
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