Fibromyalgia and social support: An overlooked connection

Meredyth P. Feldman (2007)

This study examined the correlation between fibromyalgia (FM) symptomatology and perceived social support (PSS) and from whom FM sufferers would most like to receive such support. Participants were 107 women diagnosed with FM, 25 years of age or older. Measures used included the General Form of the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List (ISEL) and the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ. Findings demonstrated that an inverse relationship exists between FM symptoms and PSS (total and each type). All correlations were significant at the p < .01 level. Thus, in addition to the recognized treatments for FM, interventions designed to increase the FM sufferers' perception of social support may improve the current treatment options and help more FM sufferers, particularly those with little or no support.