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Key questions on fibromyalgia

Module summary

Consultant rheumatologist Dr Selwyn Richards answers GP Dr Mandy Fry's queries on fibromyalgia in general practice.

Learning objectives

This module will update your knowledge on fibromyalgia, including issues such as:

  • Diagnosing fibromyalgia using the American College of Rheumatology criteria
  • Examining the 18 potential trigger points in a patient
  • Prescribing amitriptyline to help with pain and sleep
  • Managing flares of pain by switching from one moderately powerful opiate analgesic to another
  • Distinguishing fibromyalgia from chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Advising patients on complementary therapies
  • Engaging patients in psychological therapies

This module was updated on the 31 August 2012 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 30 August 2014 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.

Author

Dr Selwyn Richards is consultant rheumatologist for Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mandy Fry is a GP in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, and senior primary care lecturer at Oxford Brookes University

Date module published
31/08/2012
Module due for review
31/08/2014
Suggested number of CPD credits
Completing this module will earn you a certificate for a suggested
1.5 CPD hours
By showing evidence of impact you could double that to
3 CPD hours
What other GPs said after completing this module
Excellent
Brenda Bates
19.03.2017.
Reasonable brief coverage of the topic.
Owen Thomas
20.02.2017.
good
Craig Blackwell
07.01.2017.
very useful, consolidating a previous module I completed on fibromyalgia
Laura Smart
01.09.2016.
I am really sorry but I must remain unconvinced that this is an actual disease entity....I do not believe that sufficient evidence is presented here or in the medical literature that I have sourced....so I did not benefit from this module at all except to further convince Myself that this does not exist at all.....
Keith Wolverson
09.08.2016.