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When was fibromyalgia discovered?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
With fibromyalgia in the news more and more, it can seem like it's some sort of modern affliction, but doctors have been describing what we know now as fibromyalgia since at least the early 1800s. In 1824, a Scottish physician described tender points, the hallmark of the condition. In 1904, Dr. William Gowers coined the phrase "fibrositis". The name implies that it's a disorder relation to inflammation, and we now know that's not correct. It wasn't until the late 1970s and 1980s that medical researchers began to identify fibromyalgia and focus on diagnosing and treating it.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Even though fibromyalgia has affected millions of people, it was actually first discovered in the 1800s. Fibromyalgia can affect anyone, but women are at higher risk. There are no specific lab tests to diagnose fibromyalgia and there is no cure. Treating its symptoms with medication and making healthy lifestyle changes to manage the fatigue are usually recommended. 

Fibromyalgia may have been first described in Scotland in the early 1800's. This was termed rheumatism and associated with stiffness, aches and pains with tiredness and fatigue.

In 1976 the term fibromyalgia was coined and in the 1980's stricter definiitions were developed.

 

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