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The meaning of fatigue and tiredness as narrated by women with fibromyalgia and healthy women
2002 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 11, no 2, 247-255 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

• The aim of this study was to elucidate the meaning of fatigue and tiredness as narrated by women with fibromyalgia (FM) and healthy women. Twenty-five women with FM were interviewed with a narrative approach about the meaning of the lived experience of fatigue and tiredness. A reference group of 25 healthy women was interviewed about the same topic. • A phenomenological-hermeneutic method inspired by the French philosopher Ricoeur was used to interpret the interview text. • The meaning of fatigue and tiredness was related differently by women with FM and healthy women. The findings are presented in four major themes for women with FM - the body as a burden, an absent presence, an interfering obstacle and being in hope of alleviation - and in one major theme for healthy women: needing recovery. • Women with FM narrated fatigue as making it obvious that I have a body, instead of I am my body; the lived body becomes urgently present, as an 'it'. Healthy women narrated tiredness as a natural phenomenon when they need recovery and time to rest. • The findings are interpreted in the light of the phenomenological work on the lived body by Leder, Toombs and Merleau-Ponty. © 2002 Blackwell Science Ltd.

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2002. Vol. 11, no 2, 247-255 p.
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Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Phenomenological-hermeneutic, Tiredness, Women
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25789Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0036512945OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25789DiVA: diva2:856548
Available from: 2015-09-24 Created: 2015-08-26 Last updated: 2015-09-24Bibliographically approved

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