Pain Descriptions by Fibromyalgia Patients

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A study by in which patients selected pain descriptors from Melzack’s list found that compared to rheumatoid patients, fibromyalgia patients use the following descriptors of their pain more often: radiating, steady, spreading, spasms, gnawing, unlocalized, pricking, crushing, shooting, pressing, splitting, cramping, nagging, and pins and needles. (Comparison of Pain prone properties in fibromyalgia patients and rheumatoid arthritis patients, Frank Leavitt, Robert S. Katz, Harvey Golden, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Vol. 29, No. 6 (June 1986), available in full online at: