What is the role of family and work variables in the etiology of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Spousal and family support can either mitigate or exacerbate the various dimensions of chronic pain. Training of spouses to enhance their ill partner's coping skills improves self-efficacy for pain control and reduces pain and psychological distress. Spousal reinforcement of pain behaviors can lower experimentally determined pain thresholds.

Job satisfaction and a healthy work environment lessen the emotional distress associated with chronic pain. Conversely, job dissatisfaction strongly predicts the progression of acute back pain to chronic low back pain. Similarly, workers' compensation and disability benefits can be significant disincentives for recovery from chronic pain.


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