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Struggling for dignity: The meaning of women's experiences of living with fibromyalgia
1999 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 9, no 5, 575-587 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common chronic pain syndrome with an obscure etiology, which mostly afflicts middle-aged women. In this study, 14 women with FM were interviewed about the meaning of living with the illness. A phenomenological-hermeneutic method was used to analyze and interpret the interview texts. The findings show that being a woman with FM means living a life greatly influenced by the illness in various ways. The women's experiences of living with FM were presented in three major interlaced themes: loss of freedom, threat to integrity, and a struggle to achieve relief and understanding. This study highlights the importance of meeting people suffering in illness with respect for their human dignity. The care of women with FM must empower the women to bring to bear their own resources so that they can manage to live with the illness.

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1999. Vol. 9, no 5, 575-587 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25791DOI: 10.1177/104973299129122090Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0033193123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25791DiVA: diva2:856551
Available from: 2015-09-24 Created: 2015-08-26 Last updated: 2017-10-02Bibliographically approved

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