Psychological symptoms in primary fibromyalgia syndrome: Relationship to pain, life stress, and sleep disturbance

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  • John M. Uveges PhD,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • Jerry C. Parker PhD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
    • Psychology Service (116B), Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65201
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  • Karen L. Smarr BA,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • John F. McGowan PhD,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • Michael G. Lyon MD,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • William S. Irvin MD,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • Andrew A. Meyer PhD,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • Susan P. Buckelew PhD,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • Robin K. Morgan PhD,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • Richard L. Delmonico MA,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • John E. Hewett PhD,

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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  • Donald R. Kay MD

    1. Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
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Abstract

Twenty-five subjects with primary fibromyalgia syndrome and 22 subjects with rheumatoid arthritis were compared on measures of psychological distress, pain, health status, life stress, sleep disturbance, and coping strategies. Higher levels of psychological distress were found in the primary fibromyalgia syndrome group, but the degree of life stress was shown to be a significant covariate.

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