A patient meets the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia
if the following 3 conditions are met:
1. The WPI score (Part 1) is greater than or equal to 7 AND
the SS score (Part 2a & 2b) is greater than or equal to 5.
1b. The WPI score (Part 1) is from 4 to 6 AND the SS score
(Part 2a & 2b) is greater than or equal to 9.
2. The symptoms have been present at a similar level for at
least 3 months.
If your WPI (Part 1) was 9 and your SS score (Parts 2a and 2b)
was 6, then you would meet the new FM diagnostic criteria.
If your WPI (Part 1) was 5 and your SS score (Parts 2a and 2b)
was 7, then you would NOT meet the new FM diagnostic
Dr. Congdon practiced general pediatrics in Glendale, California and Mill Valley, California for 18 years until severe fibromyalgia symptoms forced her to retire from medical practice in 2008. Her diagnosis led her to a comprehensive study of the various treatment options for fibromyalgia. Using a combination of diet, exercise, acupuncture, supplements, medications, the guaifenesin protocol, and other modalities, she was able to return to medical practice in 2009, and chose to become a fibromyalgia consultant. She trained with fibromyalgia expert and author Dr. R. Paul St. Amand, Internist, Endocrinologist, and Associate Professor at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
Since 2009 Dr. Congdon has treated hundreds of children and adults with fibromyalgia. She has delivered the keynote address at both the Hawaii and Colorado Springs Fibromyalgia Summits, and has been interviewed on two podcasts. Dr. Melissa Congdon is board certified in pediatrics, and sees children and adults in her fibromyalgia and pediatric consulting practice.