Martin Offenbächer

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OBJECTIVE To translate the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) into German and to evaluate its reliability and validity for the use of German speaking patients with fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS We administered the FIQ to 55 patients with FM (15 patients filled out the questionnaire 10 days later) together with German versions of the Stanford Health(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the genotypes of the promoter region of the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTT) in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS Genomic DNA from 62 patients meeting the American College of Rheumatology 1990 criteria for FM and 110 healthy controls was analyzed by polymerase chain reaction. Additionally, the psychopathologic state of 52 of(More)
OBJECTIVE To systematically review the efficacy of multicomponent treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). METHODS We screened Medline, PsychINFO, Scopus, and the Cochrane Library (through December 2007), as well as reference sections of original studies, reviews, and evidence-based guidelines. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the multicomponent(More)
Objective: In 1994 the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons‘ outcome research committee developed and validated a functional outcome questionnaire for disabilities of the upper extremity (DASH). The objective of our study was to translate the DASH into German and to evaluate its reliability and validity for German-speaking patients with shoulder pain.(More)
The prevalence of FM in the general population is estimated at 2%. FM is among the three most common diagnoses in ambulatory adult rheumatology practice. To study the degree of depression, the familial history of depression and FM, as well as the psychological distress in our FM population, we mailed a standardized questionnaire to 304 FM patients. The(More)
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome of unknown etiology characterized by chronic wide spread pain, increased tenderness to palpation and additional symptoms such as disturbed sleep, stiffness, fatigue and psychological distress. While medication mainly focus on pain reduction, physical therapy is aimed at disease consequences such as pain, fatigue,(More)
Based on a possible involvement of serotonergic dysfunction in the pathophysiology of fibromyalgia (FM) and on preliminary reports of a possible genetically driven vulnerability for this disorder we investigated the silent T102C polymorphism of the 5-HT2A-receptor gene in 168 FM patients and 115 healthy controls. Our results showed a significantly different(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether mild water-filtered near infrared whole-body hyperthermia (NI-WBH) produces an additional benefit when applied as an adjunct to a standard multimodal rehabilitation (MR) compared with MR only in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS One hundred thirty-nine patients of a German inpatient rehabilitation hospital meeting the(More)
Methodological problems of acupuncture trials focus on adequate placebo controls. In this trial we evaluated the use of sham laser acupuncture as a control procedure. Thirty-four healthy volunteers received verum laser (invisible infrared laser emission and red light, 45 s and 1 J per point) and sham laser (red light) treatment at three acupuncture points(More)
Our objectives were to translate the Quality of Life Scale (QOLS) into German and to evaluate its reliability and validity for the use in patients with fibromyalgia (FMS). Together with German versions of the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), the SF-36, a tender point count (TPC) and other questionnaires, we administered the QOLS to 146 patients with(More)