Rheumatol Int (2018) 38:535–536 Rheumatology https://doi.org/10.1007/s00296-017-3840-0 INTERNATIONAL PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION Subgrouping fibromyalgia according to prevalence data may lead to a new therapeutic concept Michael Schirmer Received: 6 September 2017 / Accepted: 3 October 2017 / Published online: 13 October 2017 © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 Sir, This meta-analysis also describes specific coexisting dis - eases in FM-patients, an important point of ongoing discus- The review and meta-analysis published recently by Heidari sion in view of an urgent need for therapeutic approaches to et al. is important, as it includes data from a general popula- FM. Following a concept of subgrouping FM to detect and tion of 3,500,756 people and thus estimates the prevalence pursue more specific treatment for specific FM-subgroups of fibromyalgia (FM) as high as 1.8% in the general popula - , the second point of this letter focuses on patients with tion (95% CI 1.7–2.0) . migraine (31.4%, n = 118 and 22.8%, n = 92), cervical These prevalence data may still be slightly overestimated. radiculopathy (11.5%, n = 52) and exposure to both physi- Fibromyalgia is difficult to define, and for better compara - cal injury and extreme stress (15.1%, n = 53) . All these bility, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1990
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