[What are the key symptoms of Fibromyalgia? Results of a survey of the German Fibromyalgia Association.] [Article in German] – Source: Schmerz, Dec 21, 2007

Introduction: A new definition of Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) based on symptoms and without tender points is discussed from a rheumatological viewpoint.

Methods: The German Fibromyalgia Association (DFV) developed a questionnaire on potential symptoms in FM based on a list of symptoms established by members of the DFV. The questionnaire was sent to all 3,996 members of the DFV.

Results: Of the 753 questionnaires 699 were returned (95% women, most frequent age between 50-60 years) and evaluated. The rank order of the most frequent symptoms (>/=97% of the respondents) was:

  • muscle pain with varying locations,

  • low back pain,

  • fatigue,

  • morning stiffness,

  • non-restorative sleep,

  • concentration problems,

  • lack of energy,

  • low productivity

  • and forgetfulness.

Conclusion: The key symptoms of FM are: Chronic widespread pain, non-restorative sleep and subjective disabilities.

Source: Schmerz. 2007 Dec 21 [E-pub ahead of print] PMID: 18210165, by Hauser W, Zimmer C, Felde E, Kollner V. Zentrum für Schmerztherapie/Innere Medizin I (Gastroenterologie, Hepatologie, Stoffwechsel- und Infektionskrankheiten, Psychosomatik), Klinikum Saarbrücken gGmbH, Winterberg 1, 66119, Saarbrücken, Deutschland. [E-mail: whaeuser@klinikum-saarbruecken.de]

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