Impact of fibromyalgia on everyday life: a study of women in the USA and Sweden

Disabil Rehabil. 1996 May;18(5):241-8. doi: 10.3109/09638289609166308.


The study investigated how 39 women with fibromyalgia (FM), living in two countries (USA or Sweden), report the consequences of fibromyalgia on everyday life activities. Data were collected using questionnaires, diaries and interviews. The result showed that the impact on everyday life was considerable. The majority of the women experienced pain and fatigue for more than 90% of their time awake. There were no significant differences between the national groups in time use, problems with everyday activities, or quality of life. Overall, the differences between individuals were greater than between the national groups. The majority of the employed patients in the Swedish group had reduced their working time, while the employed patients in the USA group worked mainly full-time. Patients who were able to reduce their working hours to fit their perceived capacity were less exhausted during their leisure, and reported higher satisfaction with daily activities.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden
  • United States