Activate Now
ProHealth fibromyalgia Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Aromatherapy Diffusers For Fibromyalgia Support

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Mitchondrial Disorders: A Comparison Plus the MitoQ Trial...

Dr. Teitelbaum's 3 Steps to Fibromyalgia Pain Relief - Part 1: Understanding Fibromyalgia Pain

An Interview with Ken McKim: Educating the public about chronic illness

Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%

Milnacipran for pain in fibromyalgia in adults

Are All the "Feel-Good" Pathways Blocked in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

SURVEY RESULTS: Has Your Illness Affected What You Eat?

Staying healthy from fibromyalgia is ongoing hard work

5 Things I've Learned About Chronic Illness Through Mindfulness

Print Page
Email Article

Self-Regulatory Fatigue in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  [ 3 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • March 29, 2013

Note: You may read the full text of this article free HERE.

Editor's note: Scientists in Norway have developed a new scale for measuring self-regulatory fatigue (SRF) in chronic multisymptom illnesses like fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.  According to the study authors, “Self-regulation refers to any ability to control or change reactions and behavior, and can involve cognitive processes, such as the ability to control thoughts and impulses, set goals, and make decisions; emotional processes, such as being able to regulate moods or feelings; and more behavioral or physiological processes, such as the capacity to activate and get ready for fight or flight, or ability to quiet down, relax, and replenish resources. In essence, self-regulation involves capacity to control, guide, manage, or change thoughts, emotions, or behavior.

“An abundance of research over the past decade has shown that the ability to self-regulate is a variable and limited resource that might be depleted or fatigued. Self-regulatory efforts such as inhibiting urges, making decisions, or suppressing thoughts or emotions have, for example, been associated with a decreased ability to persist with subsequent tasks, an effect known as self-regulatory “ego” depletion, or SRF.”


Self-regulatory fatigue in chronic multisymptom illnesses: scale development, fatigue, and self-control
– Source: Journal of Pain Research, March 6, 2013

By Lise Solberg Nes, Shawna L Ehlers, Mary O Whipple, and Ann Vincent


Self-regulatory capacity involves ability to regulate thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Chronic multisymptom illnesses such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are accompanied by numerous challenges, and have recently been associated with self-regulatory fatigue (SRF). Chronic multisymptom illnesses are also frequently associated with physical fatigue, and through development of a scale measuring SRF, the current study aimed to examine how SRF can be distinguished from physical fatigue. The study also sought to distinguish SRF from self-control.

Two self-regulation researchers developed 30 items related to self-regulatory capacity. These items were distributed to patients (n = 296) diagnosed with chronic multisymptom illness together with validated measures of physical fatigue and self-control. A principal factor analysis was employed to examine factor structures, identify inter-item relationships, and aid in scale development.

RESULTS: The final proposed scale consisted of 18 items measuring self-regulatory capacity (SRF-18) with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral SRF components. Internal consistency and reliability was acceptable (Cronbach's á = 0.81). The final scale was moderately correlated with self-control (r = -0.48) and highly correlated with physical fatigue (r = 0.75), although more so with emotional (r = 0.72) and mental (r = 0.65) than physical (r = 0.46) fatigue components.

The current study suggests a new scale for measurement of SRF in chronic multisymptom illness. Although cross-validation studies are necessary, such a scale may contribute to a better understanding of the concept of self-regulation and the role of SRF in chronic illness. Although related to physical fatigue and self-control, the results point to SRF as a distinct construct.

Source: Journal of Pain Research, March 6, 2013. By Lise Solberg Nes, Shawna L Ehlers, Mary O Whipple, and Ann Vincent. Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA ; Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Fibro Freedom™ Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products

Article Comments

Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment

Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & Lyme Disease treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%

Featured Products

Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 your brain needs for detox & sharpness
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Fibro Freedom™ Fibro Freedom™
Soothes, strengthens & revitalizes

Natural Remedies

How to Jump-start and Sustain Energy Production in CFS How to Jump-start and Sustain Energy Production in CFS
Magnesium: An Essential Supplement for ME/CFS Magnesium: An Essential Supplement for ME/CFS
D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About
"It's Not Easy Being Green" - But It Is Healthy
Reversing Neurodegeneration with a New Magnesium Compound Reversing Neurodegeneration with a New Magnesium Compound

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Causes
Fibromyalgia Treatments
Fibromyalgia Diet
Fibromyalgia Medications
M.E. & CFS
What is M.E./CFS?
M.E./CFS Diagnosis
M.E./CFS Symptoms
M.E./CFS Causes
M.E./CFS Treatments
M.E./CFS Diet
M.E./CFS Medications
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Lyme Disease Causes
Lyme Disease Treatments
Lyme Disease Diet
Lyme Disease Medications
M.E. & CFS
Lyme Disease
General Health
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing