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Schmerz. 2008 Apr;22(2):176-83. doi: 10.1007/s00482-007-0602-z.

[What are the key symptoms of fibromyalgia? Results of a survey of the German Fibromyalgia Association].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Zentrum für Schmerztherapie/Innere Medizin I (Gastroenterologie, Hepatologie, Stoffwechsel- und Infektionskrankheiten, Psychosomatik), Klinikum Saarbrücken gGmbH, Winterberg 1, 66119, Saarbrücken, Germany. whaeuser@klinikum-saarbruecken.de

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".

PMID:
18210165
DOI:
10.1007/s00482-007-0602-z
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