Fibromyalgia is a chronic and potentially debilitating disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances. Fibromyalgia is called a syndrome because it is a collection of health problems that occur together, but are not related to a specific cause. Fibromyalgia is similar to arthritis, but it’s not a true type of arthritis. However, after osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia is the second most common condition seen by rheumatologists, and like arthritis, fibromyalgia is classified as a rheumatic condition because it affects joints and soft tissues and causes chronic pain. Since 1990, the American College of Rheumatology
has recognized fibromyalgia as a chronic painful noninflammatory condition that affects muscles. About 5 million people in the U.S., ages 18 years and older, have fibromyalgia. While it can affect people of all ages and any ethnic group, 90% of those with fibromyalgia are women.
The goal of this fibromyalgia continuing education program is to provide nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physicians with information about fibromyalgia — its possible causes, symptoms, treatment options and research in progress. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify neurological abnormalities associated with fibromyalgia
- Identify three primary symptoms of fibromyalgia
- Discuss treatment options for people with fibromyalgia
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, athletic trainers, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physicians.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com
. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at lms.nurse.com
and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.