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Individuals' Descriptions of Living with Fibromyalgia

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By MM Cunningham and C Jillings • • November 8, 2006

Journal: Clinical Nursing Research. 2006 Nov;15(4):258-273. In process. Authors and affiliation: Cunningham MM, Jillings C. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. PMID: 17056769

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome with no known etiology, cure, prognosis, or clear diagnostic criteria. This interpretive descriptive study was focused on the experience of living with FM. Using a constant comparative inductive analytic method, the researcher collected and analyzed data from in-depth, semistructured interviews with eight participants.

This study's findings offer insights into the experience of living with and managing FM and identify social, policy, and health care issues that profoundly affect those suffering from it. Participants believe that people with FM would benefit if more health care professionals, as well as family and friends, would validate their condition and provide them with better support. More research could clarify ways in which health care providers may provide more effective interventions, appropriate care, and ongoing support for those affected with FM.

Keywords: Fibromyalgia, chronic illness, musculoskeletal diseases, pain, disease management

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