OBJECTIVE. To establish the prevalence of chronic widespread
pain and associated symptoms in a general population sample.
METHODS. Cross sectional postal survey of 2,034 adults in the
north of England.
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RESULTS. The point prevalence of chronic
widespread pain was 11.2%. The symptom was strongly associated
with other somatic complaints and with measures of depression
CONCLUSION. In the general population, this
cardinal symptom of fibromyalgia is common and identifies a
group who are more likely also to report symptoms of fatigue
Croft P, Rigby AS, Boswell R, Schollum J, Silman A