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Diagnosis and treatment options


26 September 2024
  • Toine Korthout

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by muscle pain and tender points distributed throughout the body, along with a range of other possible symptoms. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has included fibromyalgia in its disease classification system, ICD-10, there is still no consensus on identifiable, objective physical abnormalities. Nonetheless, patients suffer from symptoms, and the diagnosis is made by excluding other diagnoses. Certain cases of “somatic symptom disorder”, (‘somatisch onvoldoende verklaarde lichamelijke klachten’, SOLK) might potentially fall under the ICD-10 diagnosis of “fibromyalgia.”
During this interactive training day, we will focus on the symptoms experienced by patients, potential causes, and treatment options. Differential diagnostic considerations will also be discussed. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to share (both personal and professional) experiences among course participants.
By the end of this training day, you will be able to explain at least the following about fibromyalgia:
• What is the cause;
• What the symptoms (can) be;
• What the differential diagnosis is, and relatedly, which diagnoses must be excluded to arrive at a working diagnosis of fibromyalgia;
• What treatment options are available.

  • Toine KorthoutStudied natural medicine at the "Nederlandse Akademie voor Natuurgeneeskunde" in Hilversum, medicine at the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg in Maastricht (Msc 1988, MD 1991), acupuncture  education at Stichting NAAV Education with specialization auriculo (1996) and Pedagogic Didactical skills for HBO teachers at Interstudie NDO van Hogeschool Arnhem en Nijmegen (2013).

Shenzhou student: 15%
External TCM student 5%
(Limited places available for students)
Please see the payment and registration conditions for seminars in the registration form.

  • NVA WM, Zhong (Cat.2A), NWP, LVNT, VBAG, TCMned
Dates & Time
26 September 2024
10 am – 17 pm (1 hour break)
Shenzhou Open University of TCM
Geldersekade 67, 1011 EK Amsterdam
Levels of experience
  • Acupuncturist, Herbalist or final year student
  • Therapist with valid MBK (WM) diploma
Number of participants
The minimum number of participants required is 20.