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Author: Elizabeth A. Boldon RN, MSN

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. Diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia requires clinicians to have an understanding of risks and causes of the disease. Research indicates pain pathways function abnormally, which leads to an enhanced pain experience in affected individuals. Treatment includes medication and lifestyle changes to reduce the level of pain felt. The role of healthcare professionals to provide education for patients with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia about factors influencing symptoms of pain, fatigue and psychological effects is discussed here.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. What Is Fibromyalgia?
    1. Prevalence of Fibromyalgia
    2. Economic Impact of Fibromyalgia
  3. Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia
    1. Pain
    2. Fatigue
    3. Sleep Problems
    4. Psychiatric Symptoms
    5. Other Symptoms or Overlapping Conditions
  4. Causes Of Fibromyalgia
    1. Risk Factors for Fibromyalgia
    2. Pathophysiology of Fibromyalgia
  5. Diagnosis Of Fibromyalgia
  6. Treatment Of Fibromyalgia
    1. Medications
      1. Analgesics
      2. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
      3. Antidepressants
      4. Anti-Seizure Medications
    2. Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Fibromyalgia
      1. Psychological Support
      2. Other Treatments
      3. Self-Care
      4. Sleep Management
      5. Exercise
      6. Workplace Environment
      7. Diet and Nutrition
      8. Social Support
      9. Stress Reduction
  7. Fibromyalgia Research
    1. NIH Supported Research and Understanding Pain
    2. NIAMS and Symptom Improvement
      1. Exercise
      2. Sleep Improvement
  8. The Chronic Pain Cycle
    1. Symptom-Focused Behaviors
    2. Goal Setting
    3. Grieving Losses
  9. Summary


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