Rheumatology International

, Volume 27, Issue 11, pp 1011–1018

Tender point count and total myalgic score in fibromyalgia: changes over a 28-day period

  • J. G. McVeigh
  • M. B. Finch
  • D. A. Hurley
  • J. R. Basford
  • J. Sim
  • G. D. Baxter
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00296-007-0404-8

Cite this article as:
McVeigh, J.G., Finch, M.B., Hurley, D.A. et al. Rheumatol Int (2007) 27: 1011. doi:10.1007/s00296-007-0404-8

Abstract

Tender point count (TPC) is central to fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), and with total myalgic score (TMS) is often used to monitor the patient’s condition. This study aimed to determine the stability of TPC and TMS over time, and to examine how well these measures reflected patients’ perceptions of their condition. Twenty-four patients with FMS completed the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and a visual analogue scale (VAS) measuring well-being, at entrance into the study, and 7 and 28 days later. There was no significant change in TPC (P = 0.074), FIQ score (P = 0.291) or VAS (P = 0.079) of well-being with time. However, mean TMS score did change over time (P = 0.021). There was no correlation between total FIQ score and the other measures (all P-values > 0.05). The significant change in TMS over time may reflect the natural fluctuation in the clinical presentation of FMS.

Keywords

Fibromyalgia Pain Tender point count Pressure pain threshold 

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. G. McVeigh
    • 1
  • M. B. Finch
    • 2
  • D. A. Hurley
    • 3
  • J. R. Basford
    • 4
  • J. Sim
    • 5
  • G. D. Baxter
    • 6
  1. 1.Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Institute, School of Health SciencesUniversity of UlsterJordanstown, BelfastNorthern Ireland
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineRoyal Hospitals TrustBelfastNorthern Ireland
  3. 3.School of Physiotherapy and Performance ScienceUniversity CollegeDublinIreland
  4. 4.Mayo Clinic College of MedicineRochesterUSA
  5. 5.Primary Care Sciences Research CentreKeele UniversityStaffordshireUK
  6. 6.New Zealand Centre for Physiotherapy ResearchUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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