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We're pleased to support the Royal College of Physicians' latest diagnostic guideline for fibromyalgia (FMS).

This hugely helpful resource supports clinicians (such as GPs) in diagnosing FMS, raising awareness of the patterns of the condition and helping to interpret diagnostic criteria. The guideline says: "Where conducted well, a consultation leading to a diagnosis can have therapeutic and reassuring effects, which shouldn't be underestimated."

Our referral guidance supports this, saying that patients with suspected FMS should only be referred to rheumatology to confirm the diagnosis if there are concerns that other inflammatory conditions need to be excluded; there will be differences in local pathways as to the best ways to support patients with diagnosed FMS.

Read the guideline