Fibromyalgia and rheumatology are indirectly linked. Seeing a doctor who specializes in rheumatology can benefit those with fibromyalgia. Many doctors who are rheumatologists tend to specialize in fibromyalgia as well. How are fibromyalgia and rheumatology related and is fibromyalgia a rheumatic disease?
What Is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a study of disorders which affects the muscles, joints and ligaments. It covers more than 200 over musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. The more common ones include arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus etc. Nonetheless, almost any condition that can lead to chronic pain in the muscles and joints tends to fall within rheumatology.
Doctors who specialize in rheumatology are rheumatologists. They usually practice their profession in outpatient clinics and treat patients who are typically being referred to them by a general practitioner.