The effects of 20 weeks of physical fitness training in female patients with fibromyalgia

Clin Exp Rheumatol. Jul-Aug 1992;10(4):345-9.


During a period of 20 weeks 18 female patients with fibromyalgia participated in a 60-minute exercise program twice a week. A control group, comprising 17 patients, was told not to change their physical activity level. Eleven patients in the training group and fourteen in the control group completed the study. The results at entry were compared to those after 20 weeks, as well as being compared to the results of the control group. No statistically significant changes or differences in general pain, pain coping and fatigue were seen after 20 weeks. Improved dynamic endurance work performance for the upper extremity was found, however, in the training group, measured as the strength of the first (p = 0.01) and the last repetition (p = 0.003). These results differed from the results of the control group (p = 0.02 and p = 0.003). It is concluded that fibromyalgia patients may undergo low-intensity dynamic endurance training without experiencing exacerbation of their general pain and fatigue symptoms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Fatigue / complications
  • Fatigue / physiopathology
  • Fatigue / therapy
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / complications
  • Fibromyalgia / physiopathology*
  • Fibromyalgia / therapy
  • Humans
  • Pain / complications
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Endurance / physiology
  • Physical Fitness / physiology*
  • Time Factors