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"
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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.
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