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Do I Have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue: Somatoform DSM IV Criteria
The following is the DSM IV Criteria for Somatoform which is the category for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue:
*A history of many physical complaints beginning before age 30 years that occur over a period of several years and result in treatment being sought or significant impairment of functioning.
*Each of the following criteria must have been met, with individual symptoms occurring at any time during the course of the disturbance.
- 4 pain symptoms: a history of pain related to at least 4 different sites or functions
- 2 gastrointestinal symptoms: a history of at least 2 gastrointestinal symptoms other than pain
- 1 sexual symptom: a history of at least 1 sexual or reproductive symptom other than pain
- 1 pseudoneurological symptom: a history of at least 1 symptom or deficit suggesting a neurological condition not limited to pain
*After appropriate investigation, each of the symptoms cannot be fully explained by a known general medical condition or the direct effects of a substance
*When there is a related general medical condition, the physical complaints or resulting social or occupational impairment are in excess of what would be expected from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings
*The symptoms are not intentionally produced or feigned.
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