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Transitions experienced by women with fibromyalgia
2001 (English)In: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 22, no 7, 617-631 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome the hallmarks of which are a chronic diffuse musculoskeletal pain, tender points, and fatigue. The majority of those who have FM are middle-aged women. The aim of this study was to illuminate the transitions experienced by women with FM. Twenty-five women with FM were interviewed about living with FM. The interviews were analyzed using thematic content analysis. The analysis revealed five categories; transitions in patterns of daily life, family life, social life, and working life, and learning to live with the changes brought about by FM. The categories were subsumed into one theme: FM as the choreographer of activity and relationships. The transitions experienced were illuminated in a core story. The experience of transitions is apparently something that is invisible to almost everyone except the women themselves. Paradoxically, the women described transitions in life due to the illness, but they felt that other people saw them as healthy. It is like living in two worlds simultaneously, the world of the sick and the world of the healthy.

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2001. Vol. 22, no 7, 617-631 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25790PubMedID: 12141840Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0035480823OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25790DiVA: diva2:856542
Available from: 2015-09-24 Created: 2015-08-26 Last updated: 2015-09-24Bibliographically approved

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