Objective: We sought to determine the self-reported physical function level of women with fibromyalgia (FM).
Methods: We performed a secondary analysis using data from an Internet-based survey posted on the National Fibromyalgia Association website. Data used for this study included women (n = 1,735) aged 31-78 years who reported being diagnosed with FM.
• More than 25% of women reported having difficulty taking care of personal needs and bathing,
• And more than 60% reported difficulty doing light household tasks, going up/down 1 flight of stairs, walking (1/2) mile, and lifting or carrying 10 lbs.
• More than 90% of women reported having difficulty doing heavy household tasks, lifting or carrying 25 lbs, and doing strenuous activities.
• Women with lower functional ability reported higher levels of fatigue, pain, spasticity, depression, restless legs, balance problems, dizziness, fear of falling, and bladder problems.
• The average woman in this sample reported having less functional ability related to activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living than the average community-dwelling woman in her 80s.
• Several symptoms/conditions were found to be associated with functional limitation in women with FM.
• Targeting these – singly or in clusters – may potentially be important in terms of future interventions.
Source: Womens Health Issues, Sep-Oct 2008; 18(5):406-12. PMID: 18723374, by Jones J, Rutledge DN, Jones KD, Matallana L, Rooks DS. Health Sciences, California State University, Fullerton, California.