Be a Myth-Buster: Stop the Misconceptions about Fibromyalgia

Jeniffer FitzGibbons, MSN, APN, C



Some health care professionals dismiss the very real, very complex, and very painful condition of fibromyalgia as a wastebasket diagnosis. And some view fibromyalgia patients as malingerers -- and worse. In such an atmosphere, these patients, about 6 million in the United States, must meet the challenge of coping with extensive pain and fatigue and trying to find adequate treatment for a perplexing condition. As a nurse you can help by learning about fibromyalgia, educating patients and colleagues, and providing patients with supportive, holistic care.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with evidence-based information on the latest strategies for identifying and managing the patient with fibromyalgia.


1. Identify factors that can make diagnosing fibromyalgia a challenge.
2. Describe the pharmacologic management of fibromyalgia.
3. Discuss the nonpharmacologic management of fibromyalgia.


Jennifer FitzGibbons, MSN, APN,C, is the Clinical Research Coordinator at the Pain and Fatigue Study Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 12/31/2012

Pharmacology Hours: 0.5


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Non-Member Price: $20.00

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