Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Spring 2015, Issue 11 - Page 29

Survey Results on Fibromyalgia Symptoms Other than Pain burden of disability. There is a great deal of current interest in the concept that persistent pain arising in the periphery from joints, myofascial trigger points, headaches, etc., lead to the changes in the nervous system characteristic of fibromyalgia. This is often referred to as “central sensitization.” changing bedsheets or climbing one flight of stairs. The common activities shown in the activity difficulty chart were taken from the functional component of the FIQR. In this survey subjects completed the total FIQR DYSFUNCTION RELATED TO FIBROMYALGIA In research on fibromyalgia patients are commonly asked how difficult it is to perform simple, everyday activities. The chart shown here is taken from the questions in the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR). The degree of difficulty is rated on a scale of 0 to 10. You can see that the three most problematic tasks are of vacuuming/scrubbing floors, walking continuously for 20 minutes and going shopping for food or clothes. Interestingly, sitting in a chair continuously for 45 minutes has a rating similar to Spring 2015 Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Life  29