Fibromyalgia Finally Officially Recognized As Real Disease

Fibromyalgia Finally Officially Recognized As Real Disease

The day that many fibromyalgia sufferers have been waiting for has finally come. Fibromyalgia is real and is now recognized as such by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics.

Effective October 1, 2015, fibromyalgia has its own diagnosis code that is included in the list of official diagnostic codes used by the U.S. healthcare industry including doctors, insurance companies and government agencies. ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification) is the most recent revision to the list of these codes that now includes fibromyalgia. Previously, doctors had to use a general code called “myalgia and myositis, unspecified.”

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This new official recognition of fibromyalgia is worthy of celebration for sufferers, many of whom have long faced disbelief and skepticism about the legitimacy of fibromyalgia as a real disease from family, friends and even medical professionals. This is now the third U.S. government agency to officially recognize fibromyalgia. In 2007, the FDA approved Lyrica for the treatment of fibromyalgia. And in 2012, the Social Security Administration issued a ruling providing guidance to its disability examiners and judges on how to evaluate fibromyalgia for purposes of disability claims.

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