This second article of the study Living with Continuous Muscular
Pain is Part II: Strategies for Daily Life. The primary
purpose was to explore, analyse and describe how women with
fibromyalgia, living in two different cultural, health care
and social security settings, managed their everyday life in
spite of the limitations imposed by the condition. Data were
collected through qualitative semi-structured interviews with
40 women, 20 living in the USA and 20 in Sweden.
The different strategies used by the women were identified and a
preliminary typology of strategies is proposed as a base for further
and more specific studies. The results support earlier findings,
though the qualitative approach adds knowledge regarding the
women's own perception, interpretation and experiences of how
to deal with the problems that arose.
The findings in the two national groups were very similar, but
differences in the medico-legal compensation systems influenced
the women's opportunities to reduce working hours. Changes of
habits, roles and lifestyle, as well as ergonomic considerations
were required. These changes take time and require continued
support from the environment and the health care providers.
Further insight into the consequences of the condition is
necessary for the planning of successful treatment and support