ICD 9 Fibromyalgia

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What is the ICD 9 fibromyalgia code and what does it mean? The ICD code means International Statistical Classifications of Diseases. ICD codes are alphanumeric designations that are given to every medical diagnosis, description of symptoms and cause of death attributed to human beings.

The ICD 9 diagnosis code for Fibromyalgia is 729.1. Fibromyalgia is a non-life-threatening, chronic disorder of the muscles and surrounding soft tissue, including ligaments and tendons. Not all people diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome will experience all the fibromyalgia symptoms. It is also classified as an autoimmune disorder and is in the same family as lupus. Its main symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tender points at certain parts of the body. If you’ve ever had the flu and remember the full body ache you had, you have a pretty good idea what a sufferer of fibromyalgia feels all the time.

Some health care providers may use these other terms to refer to fibromyalgia: fibromyositis, fibrositis, periarticular fibrositis, muscular rheumatism, chronic muscle pain syndrome, musculoskeletal pain syndrome, or tension myalgia. The medical ICD 9 Fibromyalgia diagnosis code is 729.1. However, “fibromyalgia,” which means “pain of the muscles and other fibrous tissue,” is the accepted term and has replaced some of the others. Terms ending in “-itis,” which means “inflammation,” are now considered incorrect because inflammation does not play a significant role in fibromyalgia.

Key Characteristics of Fibromyalgia

Muscle pain, either throughout the body or only at certain points, is the primary symptom of fibromyalgia. It may range from mild discomfort to pain severe enough to limit work, social activities, and everyday tasks. Pain commonly occurs in the neck, upper back, shoulders, chest, rib cage, lower back, and thighs and may feel like a burning, gnawing, throbbing, stabbing, or aching sensation and may develop gradually. It usually seems worse when a person is trying to relax and is less noticeable during activity.

A related, key aspect of fibromyalgia is the presence of “tender points,” muscles and tendons that are tender when pressed. Typically, the fibromyalgia pressure points are located in the neck, back, knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip.

People with fibromyalgia also feel moderately to severely fatigued and have sleep problems, including insomnia. People with fibromyalgia may also experience other problems including headaches, memory or concentration problems, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Tender Points and Fibromyalgia

According to the American College of Rheumatology, for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, you must have tenderness at a minimum of 11 of 18 specific “tender points” associated with the condition. Some health care providers diagnose fibromyalgia in patients who have fewer tender points but who otherwise have severe, widespread (meaning upper and lower body occurring on both right and left sides) pain symptoms that are present for at least three months.

Those who have fibromyalgia may have tenderness at any of several other points on the body as well. These tender points are called fibromyalgia pressure points.

Who Is Affected by Fibromyalgia?

Experts estimate that 5 million American adults have fibromyalgia. Of these, 80% are women. One of the main risk factors is being a woman between the age of 20 and 50. Fibromyalgia also seems to run in families, so a gene may be at least partly responsible for the condition. Most people with fibromyalgia begin to notice symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40, but children and older adults may also develop the condition.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

Experts do not know what causes fibromyalgia, but there are several theories about possible causes or triggers. Inadequate sleep is a possible trigger and another is suffering physical or emotional trauma. Some experts believe that an infection or other illness may play a part. Problems in the processing of pain by the brain and nerves may also contribute to fibromyalgia. If you think you may have the disorder, please check our fibromyalgia symptoms list and check with your doctor or medical professional.

If you have been diagnosed with ICD 9 Fibromyalgia it is not a death sentence and you should not lose hope. There are many new advances in medicine for fibromyalgia symptoms as well as additional natural therapies to counteract the chronic pain one suffers with fibro. These new advances and fibromyalgia exercise options can help you live a productive life and help you cope with the pain.

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