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Scand J Rheumatol. 1992;21(1):28-34.

Muscle performance, electromyography and fibre type composition in fibromyalgia and work-related myalgia.

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Department of Clinical Physiology, University of Umeå, Sweden.


Muscle performance and fibre type composition were investigated in women with fibromyalgia, work-related trapezius myalgia and healthy volunteers. Each subject performed 100 repetitive shoulder flexions using an isokinetic dynamometer during simultaneous registration of surface electromyography. A biopsy from the trapezius muscle was obtained. The groups differed neither in mechanical performance nor in fibre type proportions. An inability to relax between contractions was found in all registered muscles in patients with fibromyalgia. The patients with work-related myalgia displayed an inability to relax only in the myalgic trapezius muscle. An inability to relax during repetitive movements might play an important role both in initiating and upholding muscle pain.

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