Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Study Records Disease ‘Ebb and Flow’ Over 2 Years

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Study Records Disease ‘Ebb and Flow’ Over 2 Years
A two-year study of fibromyalgia and chronic pain by an international team of investigators concluded that fibromyalgia patients experience symptom ebbs and flows that affect diagnosis and treatment. The study, "Progression of fibromyalgia: results from a 2-year observational fibromyalgia and chronic pain study in the US,"  published online by the Journal of Pain Research aimed to better understand fibromyalgia's progression, based on findings from a previous study that indicated 20 percent to 47 percent of  fibromyalgia (FM) patients no longer meet the disease's standard definition two years after diagnosis. Researchers followed 226 patients who met the criteria for participation.  They had completed online the London Fibromyalgia Epidemiology Study Screening Questionnaire, used to check for CWP (bilateral pain above/below the waist, experienced in the preceding three months and lasting for at least one week), visited a physician and were either found or not found to have FM, and completed a patient-reported outcomes questionnaire. Subjects were then categorized into three groups: those who screened positive for CWP and received a diagnosis of FM (FM+CWP+), those who screened positive for CWP but were not diagnosed with FM (FM-CWP+), and those with FM who screened negative for CWP (FM-CWP-). About two years later, subjects were reassessed at the same study site and answered the same questionnaires. Of the 76 FM+CWP+ subjects, 56 (73.7 percent) still met the FM study diagnostic definition at f
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