Care of patients with fibromyalgia: assessment and management
Sarah Ryan Nurse consultant in rheumatology, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent
Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, muscle stiffness, unrefreshed sleep and fatigue. The condition is associated with several physical and psychological manifestations, including irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety. The efficacy of drug therapy is limited, therefore the nurse has an important role in providing advice and guidance on symptom management to optimise functioning for patients.
Nursing Standard. 28, 13,37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.11.28.13.37.e7722
Received: 01 April 2013
Accepted: 02 September 2013
Published in print: 27 November 2013Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review