Fibromyalgia and quality of life: a comparative analysis

J Rheumatol. 1993 Mar;20(3):475-9.


The quality of life of women with fibromyalgia was explored and compared to the quality of life of women with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, permanent ostomies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, insulin dependent diabetes, and healthy controls. The women with fibromyalgia consistently scored among the lowest in all domains measured. These results suggest that fibromyalgia may adversely affect quality of life to an extent not previously recognized.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / psychology*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / physiopathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / physiopathology
  • Ostomy / adverse effects
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires