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Rheumatology (Oxford). 2002 Apr;41(4):450-3.

A case-control study examining the role of physical trauma in the onset of fibromyalgia syndrome.

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  • 1Rheumatic Disease Unit, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether physical trauma may precipitate the onset of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).

DESIGN:

A case-control study was carried out to compare fibromyalgia out-patients with controls attending non-rheumatology out-patient clinics.

METHOD:

One hundred and thirty-six FMS patients and 152 age- and sex-matched controls completed a postal questionnaire about any physical trauma in the 6 months before the onset of their symptoms.

RESULTS:

Fifty-three (39%) FMS patients reported significant physical trauma in the 6 months before the onset of their disease, compared with only 36 (24%) of controls (P<0.007). There was no significant difference between FMS patients who had a history of physical trauma and those who did not have physical trauma with regard to age, sex, disease duration, employment status and whether their job at onset was manual.

CONCLUSION:

Physical trauma in the preceding 6 months is significantly associated with the onset of FMS.

PMID:
11961177
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