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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to increase knowledge of fibromyalgia amongst (a) the medical profession and (b) the wider public; (304296)

(2) how many people have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the last three years;

(3) what help his Department provides to people diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

The number of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia is not collected.

Detailed advice on fibromyalgia, suitable for the medical profession and the wider public, has been made available on the NHS Choices and NHS Evidence websites at:

Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia patients are able to access treatments to ease their symptoms and improve the quality of life. Medications available include painkillers, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants.