Objective. To examine the association between pain and functional capacity levels.
Desing. Cross-sectional study.
Setting. University of Granada.
Subjects. One hundred twenty-three women with fibromyalgia (51.7 ± 7.2 years).
Outcome Measures. We measured weight and height, and body mass index (BMI) was calculated. We assessed tender points by pressure pain and functional capacity by means of the 30-second chair stand, handgrip strength, chair sit and reach, back scratch, blind flamingo, 8-ft up and go and 6-minute walk tests.
Results. We observed an association of tender points count with the chair stand and 6-minute walk tests (r = −0.273, P = 0.004 and r = −0.183, P = 0.046, respectively). These associations became nonsignificant once the analyses were adjusted by weight or BMI. We observed an association of algometer score with the back scratch, chair stand, and 6-minute walk tests (r = 0.238, P = 0.009; r = 0.363, P < 0.001; and r = 0.186, P = 0.043, respectively), which remained after adjusting for weight or BMI, except the association between algometer score and the 6-minute walk test that became nonsignificant once the analyses were adjusted by weight. Prevalence of overweight and obesity was 39.2 and 33.3%, respectively.
Conclusions. There is an inverse association of tender points count with the chair stand and distance walked in the 6-minute walk tests, and a positive association of algometer score with the chair stand, distance walked in the 6-minute walk and back scratch tests, yet, weight status seems to play a role in these associations.