073 - Fibromyalgia and Dysautonomia

Session Type: ACR Meet the Professor Sessions
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 12:45 PM-2:15 PM
W184d (McCormick Place West)
Pain Management

Session Overview:
Fibromyalgia is a stress related disorder. The autonomic nervous system is the main element of the stress response system. Autonomic dysfunction (ongoing sympathetic predominance) is present in fibromyalgia. Current linear – reduccionist medical model seems unable to understand fibromyalgia. Complexity science paradigms provide a coherent explanation for the multiplicity of fibromyalgia symptoms. On this basis a holistic approach to therapy is suggested.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • identify newly proposed biological mechanisms whereby distress could be converted into chronic pain
  • discuss the role of autonomic dysfunction in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia
  • describe how complexity science paradigms may help to understand fibromyalgia
  • describe scientific holistic therapies

12:45 PM
Manuel Martinez-Lavin, National Cardiology Institute, Mexico City, Mexico
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