Beyond fibromyalgia: Ideas on etiology and treatment

R. M. Bennett

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A common syndrome of musculoskeletal pain, currently called fibrositis or fibromyalgia, accounts for 10-30% of all rheumatology consultations in North America. Lacking a distinctive pathophysiological basis the nature of the pain experienced by these patients remains elusive and treatment is not based on sound scientific principles. An hypothesis is advanced which suggests that skeletal muscle is the 'end organ' responsible for the pain of fibromyalgia and that previous studies on muscle deconditioning and microtrauma may be relevant to the etiopathogenesis of fibromyalgia syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue numberSUPPL. 19
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • fibromyalgia
  • fibrositis
  • muscle
  • sleep disturbance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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