The prevalence of chronic widespread pain in the general population

J Rheumatol. 1993 Apr;20(4):710-3.


Objective: To establish the prevalence of chronic widespread pain and associated symptoms in a general population sample.

Methods: Cross sectional postal survey of 2,034 adults in the north of England.

Results: The point prevalence of chronic widespread pain was 11.2%. The symptom was strongly associated with other somatic complaints and with measures of depression and anxiety.

Conclusion: In the general population, this cardinal symptom of fibromyalgia is common and identifies a group who are more likely also to report symptoms of fatigue and depression.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chronic Disease
  • England
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders / complications
  • Pain / complications
  • Pain / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Syndrome