Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Descriptive Analysis of Fibromyalgia from the Patients' Perspective

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Descriptive Analysis of Fibromyalgia from the Patients' Perspective

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Alice Prince, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and Amy Bernard, University of Cincinnati, and Patricia Edsall

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a syndrome that is difficult to diagnose with symptoms that vary, primarily occurring in women. It is believed that between 7 and 10 million Americans are suffering with this syndrome, and discovering any triggering factors associated with the development of this syndrome would be most helpful to the medical community, to Fibromyalgia patients, and to future potential victims of this malady. In an effort to identify information regarding disease characteristics and progression, symptoms and their management, other illnesses patients may have had, and any environmental exposure(s) that may somehow be linked to the development of FMS, a survey of 85 questions was developed. This survey included both open-ended and close-ended questions. Fibromyalgia support group members in Washing, Illinois, and Pennsylvania were selected in order to provide a sampling of FMS patients throughout the country. Support group leaders were randomly contacted by telephone to ask for their cooperation i n surveying their EMS group members. …

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