Journal: Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Volume 61, Issue 5, November 2006, Pages 663-669. [Available online November 1] Authors and affiliations: Daniella Amital, Leah Fostick, Michael L. Polliack, Shlomo Segev, Joseph Zohar, Alan Rubinow, Howard Amital. Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem (D. Amital, Rubinow); Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv (Fostick, Polliack, Segev, Zohar); Meir Medical Center – affiliated with Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University – Kfar-Saba (H. Amital), Israel. PMID: 17084145
Objectives: Many features of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) resemble those of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of this study was to investigate the comorbidity of FMS and PTSD in a cohort of men following an intensive, initial, defined traumatic event.
Methods: 124 males (55 patients with PTSD, 20 patients with major depression, and 49 controls) were evaluated for the presence of FMS. The major traumatic events in all PTSD patients were combat-related. Each individual completed questionnaires characterizing his disease, disabilities, and quality of life.
Results: 49 percent of PTSD patients, compared to 5 percent of major depression patients and none of normal controls, fulfilled the American College of Rheumatology criteria for FMS (P<.0001). Significant correlations were detected between tender points and measured parameters in the PTSD group.
Conclusions: In male patients, PTSD is highly associated with FMS. The degree and impact of these disorders are also highly related.
Keywords: Fibromyalgia syndrome; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Pain; Depression; Gender; Tenderness