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Table 2 Percentage of physicians who believe that available treatments at the time did not adequately treat common specific symptoms of FM*

From: Survey of physician experiences and perceptions about the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia

  PCP (n=639)a, % Rheumatologist (n=192)b, % Neurologist (n=158)c, % Psychiatrist (n=129)d, % Pain specialist (n=176)e, %
Fatigue 51 54 49 50 51
Chronic widespread pain 50 60a 51 56 57
Difficulty concentrating 44 47 44 40 47
Numbness/tingling 40 38 35 43 40
Feelings of depression 37 38 40 33 42
Stiffness 35 33 37 37 39
Problems sleeping 31 28 34 23 36d
Feelings of anxiety 31 34 27 25 29
Headaches 28 30 31 22 25
  1. *At the time the survey was conducted no medications for FM were licensed in any of the countries surveyed.
  2. a, b, c, d, and e indicate statistically significant difference (P<0.05) among the subgroups (i.e., physician specialties) being analyzed.