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The association between overactive bladder and fibromyalgia syndrome: A community survey


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Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is the most common disease causing chronic generalized pain, and FMS patients often complain of urinary symptoms such as frequency or urgency. This study focuses on the association of overactive bladder (OAB) and FMS in adults aged 40 and over.


A survey of adults aged 40s and over was conducted in the Guri and Yangpyeong areas of South Korea. The response rate was 74.2% (940/1,266). After excluding subjects with incomplete questionnaires (n = 20), 920 were included in the final analysis. The association of FMS and OAB was analyzed by univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis.


Individuals with FMS had a significantly increased symptoms of OAB after adjustment for gender, age group, and area of residence (odds ratio (OR) 3.39, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.82–6.31). The association between FMS and severity of OAB was statistical significant (P for trend <0.0001).


OAB is associated with FMS. Moreover FMS increases with severity of OAB. Neurourol. Urodynam. 32: 66–69, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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