Weather, beliefs about weather, & disease severity among patients with fibromyalgia (FM)

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OBJECTIVE. This investigation 1) examined the relationships among

actual weather, disease severity, and symptoms for individuals

with fibromyalgia, 2) assessed subjects’ beliefs about weather

affecting their symptoms, and 3) examined differences between

individuals with high and low “weather sensitivity.”

METHODS.

Eighty-four individuals meeting Yunus’ criteria for the

diagnosis of fibromyalgia participated. Subjects completed the

Weather and Pain Questionnaire (WPQ), the Arthritis Impact

Measurement Scales (AIMS), the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised

(SCL-90-R), and a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) assessing pain. A

tender point index and a myalgic score were also obtained.

RESULTS. Subjects reported that weather affected

musculoskeletal symptoms predominantly. The strongest

relationship was found between weather beliefs and

self-reported pain scores. Subjects with high weather

sensitivity tended to have more functional impairment and

psychological distress.

Hagglund KJ, Deuser WE, Buckelew SP, Hewett J, Kay DR

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