Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder defined only recently, but it is not recently discovered. Descriptions have been found in the medical literature as far back as the early 17th century. Many physicians prefer not to deal with patients who have this complicated disorder and question its existence. In the past, poor recognition and lack of treatment for fibromyalgia could be explained by a lack of meaningful research. Today, abundant research and medical evidence supports the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Synonyms and related keywords:
fibromyalgia, fibromyositis, fibrositis, idiopathic myalgia, interstitial myofibrositis, muscular hardening, muscular rheumatism, musculorheumatism, myofibrositis, myogelosis, myositism, nodular rheumatism, nonarticular rheumatism, polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatic muscle callus, rheumatic muscle hardening, rheumatic myalgia, rheumatic pain modulation disorder, tension myalgia
Regina P Gilliland, MD 2007