Present address: Arthritis Research Campaign National Primary Care Centre, Primary Care Sciences, Keele University, Keele, North Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK.
Chronic widespread pain predicts physical inactivity: Results from the prospective EPIFUND study
Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2012
2010 European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain
European Journal of Pain
Volume 14, Issue 9, pages 972–979, October 2010
How to Cite
McBeth, J., Nicholl, B. I., Cordingley, L., Davies, K. A. and Macfarlane, G. J. (2010), Chronic widespread pain predicts physical inactivity: Results from the prospective EPIFUND study. European Journal of Pain, 14: 972–979. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpain.2010.03.005
- Issue online: 16 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2012
- Recevied 28 October 2009; Revised 8 March 2010; accepted 8 March 2010
- Chronic widespread pain;
- Physical activity;
This study tested the hypothesis that chronic widespread pain (CWP) would predict low levels of physical activity (PA). Pain status and PA levels were ascertained at baseline and 32 months in community subjects. Three PA questions were used: “in comparison with others your own age, is your PA “the same” (referent), “more-much more” or “less-much less””, and “during the past month on average how many days/week have you taken exercise that has (i) lasted at least 20 min? and (ii) made you sweat?: “4–7” (referent), “1–3” or “none””. Multinomial logistic regression models quantified the relationship between baseline CWP and PA at follow-up (relative risk ratios (RRR) (95% confidence intervals)). Two thousands one hundred and eighty-two subjects participated and provided complete pain and PA information at both timepoints. CWP was reported by 18% (n = 429) of participants at baseline. Compared to subjects who were free of CWP at baseline, those with CWP had an increased odds of reporting “less-much less” PA at follow-up (RRR = 4.5 (3.2–6.2)). This relationship remained after adjustment for confounders (RRR = 1.9 (1.3–2.9)). A similar association was observed with exercise that lasted at least 20 min (RRR = 1.9 (1.3–2.8)). The current study suggests that low self-reported levels of physical activity are a consequence of having CWP.