DSM-5 criteria useless in fibromyalgia: experts

Virtually all fibromyalgia patients would be classified as having a mental disease under the DSM-5’s new criteria for somatic symptom disorder, a study confirms.

Its authors gave a somatic symptom severity questionnaire to over 6,200 patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

They found that 90% of fibromyalgia patients had scores in the high level, consistent with a diagnosis of somatic symptom disorder according to DSM-5 criteria.

A substantial portion of rheumatoid arthritis patients also met the threshold and could also be considered to