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Weather, beliefs about weather, & disease severity among patients with fibromyalgia (FM)

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www.ProHealth.com • September 3, 1994


OBJECTIVE. This investigation 1) examined the relationships among
actual weather, disease severity, and symptoms for individuals
with fibromyalgia, 2) assessed subjects' beliefs about weather
affecting their symptoms, and 3) examined differences between
individuals with high and low "weather sensitivity."

METHODS.
Eighty-four individuals meeting Yunus' criteria for the
diagnosis of fibromyalgia participated. Subjects completed the
Weather and Pain Questionnaire (WPQ), the Arthritis Impact
Measurement Scales (AIMS), the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised
(SCL-90-R), and a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) assessing pain. A
tender point index and a myalgic score were also obtained.

RESULTS. Subjects reported that weather affected
musculoskeletal symptoms predominantly. The strongest
relationship was found between weather beliefs and
self-reported pain scores. Subjects with high weather
sensitivity tended to have more functional impairment and
psychological distress.

Hagglund KJ, Deuser WE, Buckelew SP, Hewett J, Kay DR




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