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While Fibromyalgia patients all have at least 11 trigger points of centralized pain, body aches and stiffness, we all experience symptoms to varying degrees. Some can be predisposed to anxiety, IBS or migraines. (The latter used to be a significant challenge for me, but I learned to keep it at bay via Biofeedback.) So, it’s not too surprising to hear that researchers are looking to define the subgroups within Fibromyalgia.

To begin to determine classification criteria, researchers are using the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire. The short quiz asks about daily tasks inhibited by FM and levels of pain, fatigue and stiffness.

Thus far, two groups have been identified:

Type I: Lowest levels of depression, anxiety and morning tiredness
Type II: Elevated levels of pain, fatigue, morning tiredness, stiffness, anxiety and depression

Though, I wonder about the overall effectiveness of the questionnaire. I have really progressed in coping with my FM in the 10 years I’ve had the condition; yet, according to the test I’m well into the “severe” section. That said, in the last few months I have definitely been a part of the Type II subgroup – especially the pain levels and stiffness.

Has anyone else tried this questionnaire? How accurate did you think your results were?

It should be noted, others have been attempting to identify Fibro subgroups for a few years now by testing pressure-pain thresholds and genetics.

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