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J Rheumatol. 1993 Apr;20(4):710-3.

The prevalence of chronic widespread pain in the general population.

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Arthritis and Rheumatism Council Epidemiology Research Unit, University of Manchester, England.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To establish the prevalence of chronic widespread pain and associated symptoms in a general population sample.

METHODS:

Cross sectional postal survey of 2,034 adults in the north of England.

RESULTS:

The point prevalence of chronic widespread pain was 11.2%. The symptom was strongly associated with other somatic complaints and with measures of depression and anxiety.

CONCLUSION:

In the general population, this cardinal symptom of fibromyalgia is common and identifies a group who are more likely also to report symptoms of fatigue and depression.

PMID:
8496870
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