Fibrositis: symptom frequency and criteria for diagnosis. An evaluation of 291 rheumatic disease patients and 58 normal individuals

J Rheumatol. 1985 Dec;12(6):1159-63.


We administered a 17-item symptom questionnaire modified from Campbell to 155 patients with fibrositis diagnosed at 3 centers, each using different criteria sets. A high degree of agreement in symptom proportions was found among centers. "Fibrositic" symptoms were also common in 136 patients with a variety of rheumatic diseases but not in the 58 normal individuals studied. Symptoms distinguished fibrositis patients from normals easily, but had insufficient specificity to distinguish them from other rheumatic disease patients. The tender point count better separated fibrositic and nonfibrositic patients than historical criteria. No combination of questions and tender point count performed better than the tender point count alone.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Back Pain / complications
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / complications
  • Fibromyalgia / diagnosis
  • Fibromyalgia / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Joints / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscles / physiopathology
  • Pain
  • Reference Values
  • Rheumatic Diseases / physiopathology