Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Guest Blog: Fibromyalgia Trigger Points

Fibromyalgia Trigger Points: a Guest Blog

by Celeste Cooper, R.N., as an interpretation of Dr. Robert Bennett's Work

Without much ado, let me point you to our Guest Blog poster today, Celeste Cooper, R.N. She is a fibromyalgia expert at Sharecare, and the distinctions she makes here in this article are well...they are good enough for a thorough look-through out of respect, because she has been in the field for so long. And she takes what Dr. Bennett's manuscript discusses, and simplifies it for patient understanding. I like that, too ~ both for the benefit of heath care workers as peers, and as avid patients with medical education. Plus, I think I might be developing CRPS, so I was "all eyes" on this one.

So Hat's Off to Nurse Cooper on this simplified, historical, data-driven, and grand explanation of where we are today on diagnosing fibromyalgia:

The 'best' take-home news that I got out of this article is that 
Fibromyalgia is not a"Diagnosis of Exclusion"
any more.


Bennett R, Friend R, Marcus D, Bernstein C, Han BK, Yachoui R, Deodar A, Kaell A, Bonafede P, Chino A, Jones K. Criteria for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia: Validation of the modified 2010 preliminary ACR criteria and the development of alternative criteria. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2014 Feb 4. doi: 10.1002/acr.22301. [Epub ahead of print]

Wolfe F, Clauw DJ, Fitzcharles MA, Goldenberg DL, Katz RS, Mease P, Russell AS, Russell IJ, Winfield JB, Yunus MB: The American College of Rheumatology preliminary diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia and measurement of symptom severity. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 62(5):600-10, 2010 May.

Wolfe F, Clauw DJ, Fitzcharles MA, Goldenberg DL, Häuser W, Katz RS, Mease P, Russell AS, Russell IJ, Winfield JB: Fibromyalgia Criteria and Severity Scales for Clinical and Epidemiological Studies: A Modification of the ACR Preliminary Diagnostic Criteria for Fibromyalgia. J Rheumatol 38;1113-1122, 2011.

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