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Table 1 Fibromyalgia characteristics and treatment utilization among those satisfied and not satisfied with their current treatment

From: A patient survey of the impact of fibromyalgia and the journey to diagnosis

  Group A Group B  
  Not satisfied
Patients with satisfaction score 1 or 2 (n = 223)
Satisfied
Patients with satisfaction score 4 or 5 (n = 168)
P Value
Mean time since first experiencing symptoms 7.3 years 5.5 years <0.05
% of patients taking prescription pain medications 72% 60% <0.05
% of patients taking OTC pain medicines 38% 33% NS
% of patients taking other drugs prescribed by physician 52% 54% NS
Average number of symptoms experienced 8.4 6.4 <0.05
Chronic widespread pain extremely or very disruptive 87% 59% <0.05
Severity of chronic widespread pain 7.6 6.8 <0.05
Time lag between symptoms and seeing a physician 16.2 months 9.8 months NS
Time lag between seeing a physician and receiving a diagnosis 3.1 years 1.4 years <0.05
Average number of physicians seen to receive diagnosis 4.1 3.2 <0.05
Perceived difficulty in receiving diagnosis very or somewhat difficult 72% 47% <0.05
Missed more than 40 days of work 19% 10% <0.05
Unable to work due to fibromyalgia 36% 16% <0.05
Can only work some time due to fibromyalgia 35% 21% <0.05
Lost job due to fibromyalgia 30% 15% <0.05
Average number of treatments used 3.9 3.4 <0.05
  1. 1. Not at all satisfied 2. Not very satisfied, 3. Fairly satisfied, 4. Very satisfied, 5 Extremely satisfied; p-value based on T-Test of Column Proportions