Fibromyalgia: clinical features, diagnosis and management
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Fibromyalgia: clinical features, diagnosis and management

Jennie Walker Clinical educator, Surgical Division, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, England

Patients with fibromyalgia experience chronic widespread pain, with associated symptoms of fatigue, sleep disturbance and memory problems. There are many therapies which may be helpful in managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia; however, these often require a process of trial and error to establish optimum management using a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Nurses can support patients with fibromyalgia using a biopsychosocial approach to symptom management. Understanding the nature of fibromyalgia and management options will enable nurses to deliver holistic patient-centred care.

Nursing Standard. 31, 5, 51-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10550

Correspondence

Jennie.walker@nuh.nhs.uk

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 April 2016

Accepted: 06 June 2016

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