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

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Terms


Problem Elicitation Technique is a modified version of the MACTAR and allows patients to assess their ability to perform the daily physical activities most important to them.

Peripheral Nervous System

The part of the nervous system that is outside the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and comprises the cranial nerves except the optic nerve


Any of various amides that are derived from two or more amino acids by combination of the amino group of one acid with the carboxyl group of another and are usually obtained by partial hydrolysis

Peer Review

Research proposals and results are usually reviewed by a number of independent people who nevertheless have an interest in research


A way of thinking about a particular problem or issue.

Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale

Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale was developed in 1983 by Zigmond and Snaith for people with physical health problems.


The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) is an instrument designed to quantitate the overall impact of fibromyalgia over many dimensions (e.g.

Overlapping Condition

A secondary illness that accompanies the primary illness affecting an individual.


Abbreviation for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs that help relieve pain and swelling. They include aspirin


A neurotransmitter that is produced in the adrenal gland that activates the autonomic nervous system.