Impact of fibromyalgia (FM) on everyday life: a study of women in the USA & Sweden

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The study investigated how 39 women with fibromyalgia (FM), living

in two countries (USA or Sweden), report the consequences of

fibromyalgia on everyday life activities. Data were collected

using questionnaires, diaries and interviews. The result

showed that the impact on everyday life was considerable. The

majority of the women experienced pain and fatigue for more

than 90% of their time awake. There were no significant

differences between the national groups in time use, problems

with everyday activities, or quality of life. Overall, the

differences between individuals were greater than between the

national groups. The majority of the employed patients in the

Swedish group had reduced their working time, while the

employed patients in the USA group worked mainly full-time.

Patients who were able to reduce their working hours to fit

their perceived capacity were less exhausted during their

leisure, and reported higher satisfaction with daily

activities.

Henriksson C, Burckhardt C

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