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PURPOSE This study aimed to explore, and obtain increased knowledge of, the strategies used by working women with fibromyalgia regarding control of pain, fatigue and other symptoms. METHOD Qualitative methods with an emergent design were used. The informants were women with fibromyalgia who had participated in rehabilitation 6-8 years earlier, and were(More)
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain without known peripheral causes. Previously, we have reported dysfunctional pain inhibitory mechanisms for FM patients during pain administration. In this study we employed a seed correlation analysis, independent component analysis (ICA), and an analysis of fractional amplitude of low frequency(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed to investigate how stroke survivors describe their expectations regarding life when coming home, and how these expectations were met on discharge from the rehabilitation clinic and during their first 3 months at home. METHOD Semistructured interviews were performed repeatedly with five people, two women and three men, during 3(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effects of portable superficial warmth with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on pain in patients with fibromyalgia. METHODS The study had a randomized cross-over design. A total of 32 patients with fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to 2 groups. After instruction, the patients treated themselves using a portable device(More)
Physical exercise is one of the most efficient interventions to mitigate chronic pain symptoms in fibromyalgia (FM). However, little is known about the neurophysiological mechanisms mediating these effects. In this study we investigated resting-state connectivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) before and after a 15 week standardized(More)
INTRODUCTION Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by persistent widespread pain, increased pain sensitivity and tenderness. Muscle strength in women with FM is reduced compared to healthy women. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of a progressive resistance exercise program on muscle strength, health status, and current pain intensity in women(More)
PURPOSE The purpose was to explore and understand what patients with mild acquired brain injury (mABI) consider is effective in a holistic therapy group rehabilitation programme and how the programme affects the rehabilitation process. METHODS Thematic interviews were conducted with ten informants with diagnosed mABI. They were recruited through purposive(More)
PURPOSE To assess the clinical outcomes of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme for early intervention of chronic whiplash associated disorders (WAD). The primary aim of the programme was to increase levels of activity and independence in patients suffering WAD. METHODS Ninety subjects with purported chronic symptoms associated with whiplash(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to explore and analyse the experience of living with long-term neck/shoulder pain and its effect on daily life. DESIGN A thematic interview study with emergent design. SUBJECTS Twelve patients in primary care (6 women and 6 men) with long-term neck/shoulder pain. METHODS Thematic interviews analysed using grounded(More)
OBJECTIVE Fibromyalgia is associated with central hyperexcitability, but it is suggested that peripheral input is important to maintain central hyperexcitability. The primary aim was to investigate the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines released in the vastus lateralis muscle during repetitive dynamic contractions of the quadriceps muscle in patients with(More)