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Scand J Rheumatol. 1997;26(6):426-34.

Sociodemographic characteristics and gynecological disease in 40-42 year old women reporting musculoskeletal disease.

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Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital of Trondheim, Norway.


The study, which was part of a cardiovascular screening programme of 40-42 year old women organised by the National Health Screening Service, wanted to assess the prevalence of locomotor complaints in Middle-Norway. Forty-nine percent of the respondents reported the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders. Low back pain and myalgia was the most and chronic inflammatory joint diseases the least frequent. Between healthy women and some groups of women reporting musculoskeletal disorders, significant differences in sociodemographic background, workload, working ability, and health care utilisation emerged. Among lifestyle factors, smoking was significantly more frequent for women reporting fibromyalgia. Analysing the occurrence of symptoms and diseases in the genital tract revealed that a significantly higher proportion of women reporting musculoskeletal disease answered positively. Differences between healthy women and women reporting pelvic joint syndrome, fibromyalgia, whiplash, or arthritis were significant in bleeding disorders chronic pelvic pain and inflammatory pelvic disease. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis reported oophorectomy significantly more often than healthy women. In conclusion, a high rate of musculoskeletal symptoms and disorders was reported by middle-aged women. A strong association between musculoskeletal disorders and gynecological disease was found.

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