Active Coping Strategies Seen to Help Fibromyalgia Patients in Controlling Pain

Active Coping Strategies Seen to Help Fibromyalgia Patients in Controlling Pain
People with fibromyalgia and those with neuropathic pain often use similar coping strategies against pain, according to a study conducted by Danish scientists. They suggest that, for this reason, the same psychological treatment approach could be applied to both groups of patients. The study, “A comparison of coping strategies in patients with fibromyalgia, chronic neuropathic pain, and pain-free controls,” published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychologyalso found that fibromyalgia patients felt more in control of their pain compared to neuropathic pain patients, especially those using active coping strategies. Researchers, led by Dr. Lise Gormsen from the Danish Pain Research Center at Aarhus University Hospital, examined the strategies used for coping with pain by fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain patients. They asked 28 fibromyalgia patients, 30 neuropathic pain patients, and 26 pain-free volunteers to complete the Coping Strategy Questionnaire (CSQ) and rate their daily pain. CSQ is a self-rating scale with 48 questions. It is the most widely used measure of coping with pain among clinicians and researchers. It was first validated in a group of patients with chronic low back pain, followed by other patient groups, including fibromyalgia. Researchers found th
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