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Case study – Fahmida

This case study gives you an example of the type of case you might find in general practice. Use it alongside the general course information to help guide you through a consultation with a patient presenting with musculoskeletal pain.

Fahmida's background

  • She has a history of irritable bowel syndrome and continues with symptoms of IBS, colicky abdominal pain and constipation but manages these symptoms by taking care about what she eats and taking laxatives (senna) as required and mebeverine.
  • She had an episode of depression four years ago.
  • Works as carer in a residential home.
  • She was born in Bangladesh, and is married with three children aged 2, 4 and 8.
  • Obese BMI 31
  • Non-smoker.
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Widespread musculoskeletal pain

This module guides GPs through the process of assessing widespread musculoskeletal pain and determining whether the patient's problem is caused by an inflammatory arthritis.

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