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27-09-2018 | Fibromyalgia | Editorial | Article

Treatment and outcomes of pediatric fibromyalgia: More than resolving pain

Author:
David Sherry
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common forms of amplified musculoskeletal pain in childhood, and is responsible for the largest number of new patient visits to pediatric rheumatology clinics. It is treatable, but the measure by which we gauge success needs to be rethought. The outcomes for pediatric fibromyalgia should consider three domains: pain, function, and mental health. Although we would like the pain to dissipate, it is more important for the child to function normally, and even more important that they enjoy good mental health. To that end, outcome measures need to consider all three domains.

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