General fibromyalgia terms and chronic pain related definitions for people suffering from Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Pain.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Terms

Sleep Disorder

A variety of disorders that are associated with changes in sleep habits (for example


The natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored.

Sjogren'S Syndrome

A chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects especially older women


What is a significant difference (improvement or change in disease activity)? It is important to know how many patients actually improved. In research


The Medical Outcome Study Short Form 36 measures three major health attributes (functional status


A phenolic amine neurotransmitter that is a powerful vasoconstrictor and is found especially in the brain


the extent to which a test gives 'abnormal' outcomes in ill people. A sensitive test gives only a few 'false-negative' outcomes.

Self Management

As a constant process of behavioral choices and decision-making that can be achieved by changing knowledge


A belief that you could do something if you wanted to


The Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life was developed by O'Boyle et al. and first published in 1991.