The aim of the study was to instruct a group of fibromyalgia
patients how to solve problems related to activities of daily
life. Sixteen female fibromyalgia patients completed a ten
week multidisciplinary program, consisting of a cognitive and
an exercise part. After ten weeks a reduction in general pain
intensity (p < 0.05) was found. At six months follow-up
sensory (somatic) pain intensity was reduced compared to
baseline recordings (p = 0.05). All patients had made
adjustments to their everyday life after ten weeks. Eight
patients reported that they regularly practised relaxation
techniques, and seven patients had undertaken dietary changes.
Thus, the study shows that adjustment of activities in daily
living may reduce pain in patients with fibromyalgia.
Controlled studies are needed in the future.
Mengshoel AM, Forseth KO, Haugen M, Walle-Hansen R, Forre O