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

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Terms


Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of


The Health Related Quality of lifeQoL can be thought of as the overall impact of the illness and its treatment on patients physical


Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire - The HAQ was developed in 1980 by Fries et al. It is a measure of functional ability and is based on the belief that a patient desires to be alive

Hawthorne Effect

This is based on a series of studies on the productivity of workers at factory which manipulated various conditions (e.g. pay

Growth Hormone

A vertebrate polypeptide hormone that is secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland and regulates growth; used to treat children with growth hormone deficiencies and by athletes to incre


The General Health Questionnaire is a 12-item instrument and has been tested for reliability

fMRI or Functional Mri

Magnetic resonance imaging used to demonstrate correlations between physical changes (as in blood flow) in the brain and mental functioning (as in performing cognitive tasks).


The Fatigue Severity Scale.