Author(s): Huser W, Zimmer C, Felde E, Kllner V, Huser W, Zimmer C, Felde E, Kllner V, Huser W, Zimmer C, Felde E, Kllner V, Huser W, Zimmer C, Felde E, Kllner V
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: A new definition of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) based on symptoms and without tender points is discussed from a rheumatological viewpoint. METHODS: The German Fibromyalgia Association (DFV) developed a questionnaire on potential symptoms in FM based on a list of symptoms established by members of the DFV. The questionnaire was sent to all 3,996 members of the DFV. RESULTS: Of the 753 questionnaires 699 were returned (95\% women, most frequent age between 50-60 years) and evaluated. The rank order of the most frequent symptoms (>or=97\% of the respondents) was muscle pain with varying locations, low back pain, fatigue, morning stiffness, non-restorative sleep, concentration problems, lack of energy, low productivity and forgetfulness. CONCLUSION: The key symptoms of FM are chronic widespread pain, non-restorative sleep and subjective disabilities. The frequency of general and extra-musculoskeletal symptoms underlines that FMS is more than just a "pain disorder".
This article was published in Schmerz
and referenced in Fibromyalgia: Open Access