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OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of pain complaints, specifically of chronic widespread pain, in the general population; and to explore the utilization of health services by various pain groups. METHODS Cross sectional population survey of 2210 adults in the southern part of Israel, who were classified into 5 pain groups: no pain, transient pain,(More)
OBJECTIVE To validate a translated version of the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) to be used by Hebrew speaking populations. METHODS We administered the FIQ to 100 women with fibromyalgia (FM). The FIQ measures physical functioning, work status, depression, anxiety, sleep, pain, stiffness, fatigue, and well being. All patients were asked about the(More)
OBJECTIVE The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and the fibromyalgia syndrome (FS) coexist in many patients. We conducted complementary studies of the prevalence of FS in IBS patients and matched controls, and of IBS in FS patients and the implications of concomitant IBS and FS on health-related quality of life (HRQOL). METHODS A study of 79 IBS patients(More)
This study explored the degree to which risks embedded in the social construction of gender roles and personality traits explained gender differences in health perceptions and reporting among mild hypertensive patients (134 women and 104 men) under the same treatment regime. Compared with men, women were less educated, less likely to be employed, less(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the usefulness of the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (MOS SF-36) in measuring health-related quality of life (QOL) in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients, and to determine whether subscale scores of SF-36 could distinguish patients with FMS from patients with widespread pain alone, and from healthy individuals. METHODS The(More)
During the period of 4 years between 1985 and 1988, 190 patients suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) were hospitalized at the Soroka Medical Center. From the 190 patients, 164 were followed up throughout their pregnancies and delivered at our Medical Center. The epidemiology of HG as well as the incidence of maternal complications and pregnancy(More)
To analyze coping styles of fibromyalgia (FM) patients with specific emphasis on differences in coping styles between fibromyalgia patients with and without post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Seventy-seven consecutive patients (40 women and 37 men) who fulfilled ACR criteria for FM, and 48 healthy controls, completed questionnaires measuring prevalence(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the outcome of fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) in a 30-month followup study of children with FM. METHODS In the original study to assess the prevalence of FM in healthy schoolchildren, we found 21 children with FM and an additional 7 fulfilling the point count criterion only (11 of 18). Fifteen of the 21 and all 7 were recruited for a 2nd(More)
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FS) is most common in midlife, but may be seen at any age. Its prevalence and assessment of tenderness in healthy children is not known. We assessed 338 healthy schoolchildren for tenderness thresholds and prevalence of FS. In all children a point count of 18 tender points (TP) was conducted by thumb palpation and tenderness of some(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the relationship between cervical spine injury and the development of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). METHODS One hundred two patients with neck injury and 59 patients with leg fractures (control group) were assessed for nonarticular tenderness and the presence of FMS. A count of 18 tender points was conducted by thumb palpation; and(More)