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Fibromyalgia/CFS acronyms and abbreviations

as used on the Fibrom-L mailing list and others.


This list represents only a few of the acronyms used in discussion groups and in email correspondence.  If you have any you'd like to add, email me: Chip Davis

AFAIK . . . As far as I know
AKA . . . Also known as
ANA . . . Anti-nuclear antibody (test for lupus)
BTW . . . By the way
CFS . . . Chronic fatigue syndrome
DD . . . Darned disease
Dx . . . Diagnosis
Dx'd . . . Diagnosed
FM . . . Fibromyalgia
FMily . . . Members of the Fibrom-L list
FMS . . . Fibromyalgia syndrome
FWIW . . . For what it's worth
GERD . . . Gastro-esophageal reflux disease
GI . . . Gastro-intestinal
GWS . . . Gulf War Syndrome
IAIYH . . . It's all in your head
IBS . . . Irritable bowel syndrome
IMHO . . . In my humble opinion
IMVHO . . . In my very humble opinion
LOL . . . Laughing out loud
MAOI . . . Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (antidepressant med)
MPS . . . Myofascial pain syndrome
OTOH . . . On the other hand
PLMS . . . Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep
PT . . . Physical therapist
PTSD/S . . . Post-traumatic stress disorder/syndrome
PWc . . . People with CFS
PWFM . . . People with FM
RA . . . Rheumatoid arthritis
RLS . . . Restless leg syndrome
ROFL . . . Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLOL . . . Rolling on the floor laughing out loud
RSD . . . Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
RSI . . . Repetitive stress/strain injury
Rx . . . Prescription
Rx'd . . . Prescribed
SMP . . . Sympathetically Mediated Pain
SSRI . . . Selective serotonin uptake inhibitor (antidepressant med)
SS. . . . . .Stupid Syndrome
TENS . . . Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
TIA . . . Thanks in advance
TIA . . . Transient Ischemic Attack ("little stroke")
TMJ . . . Temperomandibular joint dysfunction
TPs . . . Tender points (of fibromyalgia syndrome)
TrPs . . . Trigger points (of myofascial pain syndrome)
YMMV . . . Your mileage may vary

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