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Work Load and Heart Rate in Fibromyalgia: The Hub within “Pain Gaps” and Clinical Pain.

Journal article
Authors Kerstin Wentz
Trevor Archer
Published in Journal of Chronic Diseases and Management
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 1011
ISSN 2573-1300
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Psychology
Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Public Health Epidemiology Unit
Pages 1011
Language en
Keywords Fibromyalgia • Pain free episodes • Ergometer test • Physiology • Heart rate • Age
Subject categories Other Health Sciences


Unlike recovery from fibromyalgia (FM), the phenomenon of short or long lasting pain free episodes or ‘gaps’ in FM pain occurs in one third of the patients. Parallel the characteristics of physiological adaptation to workload of this sub-group of patients with FM remain unknown. A physiological adaptation examination that included a stepwise load increment submaximal exercise test concerned women presenting FM with chronic pain, women presenting FM with gaps in pain and healthy volunteers. Measurements from the test were compared using a between-groups analysis of variance showing that gaps in clinical pain were contingent upon heart rate (HR) at different levels of workload. Women with gaps in FM pain were older than women with FM without pain free episodes. Gaps in FM pain are discussed from the perspective of

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