Fibromyalgia has a greater detrimental impact on daily living than other rheumatic diseases

Takeaway

  • Compared with other rheumatic diseases, fibromyalgia has a greater impact on daily life; affected women find it harder to adjust to the disease and do not use coping strategies for pain.

Why this matters

    Management of rheumatic diseases, particularly fibromyalgia, should include pain coping strategies; the inclusion of a psychologist on the management team could help people to adjust to the illness.