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The definition of fibromyalgia 

The definition of fibromyalgia
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The definition of fibromyalgia
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Mike Shipley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198834359.003.0049
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date: 20 February 2020

The landmark paper discussed in this chapter is ‘Primary fibromyalgia (fibrositis): Clinical study of 50 patients with matched normal controls’, published by Yunus et al. in 1981. Over the years, long-term pain has had a confusing variety of names and, to some extent, that confusion persists. Chronic pain can be defined as pain which persists beyond the time expected for healing. Yunus et al. were the first to define fibromyalgia (fibrositis), as they called it, developing evidence-based diagnostic guidelines by comparing a group of patients with a pain-free matched control group. Based on their work, they also suggested a series of pain management approaches which remain valid today.

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