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Fibromyalgia Symptom Severity Remains Mostly Unchanged For Decades, Study Finds

Thursday 18 January 2018


From Fibromyalgia News Today:



Fibromyalgia Symptom Severity Remains Mostly Unchanged for Decades, Study Finds

By Janet Stewart, MSc
January 17, 2018
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A study in Finland that revisited patients with fibromyalgia 26 years after their diagnoses found that the severity of symptoms had remained relatively unchanged. Researchers did not find significant deterioration in the patients’ self-reported ability to function.

The study, titled “Severity of symptoms persists for decades in fibromyalgia — a 26-year follow-up study,” was published in the journal Clinical Rheumatology.

The study included 28 patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1986 who filled out a follow-up questionnaire some 26 years later. The average age of patients who filled out the surveys was 70. The survey contained 52 questions, including from the Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ), a self-reported assessment of ability to function.

Ability to function was found to have remained at the same level by the end of the study, compared to the time of diagnosis.


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