How do pressure-pain thresholds correlate with psychological comorbidity in patients with fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Pressure-pain thresholds (degree of tenderness with application of pressure) correlate with psychological comorbidity in patients with fibromyalgia, as follows [70] :

  • Low tenderness is associated with moderate depression/anxiety, moderate catastrophizing, and moderate control over pain

  • High tenderness is associated with high depression/anxiety, high catastrophizing, and low control over pain

  • Extremely high tenderness is associated with normal levels of depression/anxiety, very low catastrophizing, and highest control over pain


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