Menopausal transition symptoms in midlife women living with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

Joellen Wilbur, Joan L Shaver, Joseph Kogan, Mary Buntin, Edward Wang

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We aimed to determine how menopausal transition symptoms cluster across 216 midlife women with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndromes (FMS/CFS), or both and subsequently to compare symptom factor severity scores by menopausal status among these women and compare symptom reporting with prior community-based samples of women without obvious illness. We designed a cross-sectional telephone survey of 216 women aged 35 to 55, diagnosed with FMS/CFS, symptomatic in the prior 6 months, and without hysterectomy. Thirty-six of 61 symptoms loaded on five factors: aroused/anxious mood, depressed mood/withdrawal, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal (GI), and vasomotor. Peri- and postmenopausal women had higher symptom severity scores for musculoskeletal, GI, and vasomotor factors but not mood factors. Symptoms for the women we studied who had FMS/CFS clustered similar to those in previous community-based samples of midlife women without major illness; however, the number of women experiencing symptoms was much higher among our sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-614
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Menopausal transition symptoms in midlife women living with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. / Wilbur, Joellen; Shaver, Joan L; Kogan, Joseph; Buntin, Mary; Wang, Edward.

In: Health Care for Women International, Vol. 27, No. 7, 01.08.2006, p. 600-614.

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Wilbur, Joellen ; Shaver, Joan L ; Kogan, Joseph ; Buntin, Mary ; Wang, Edward. / Menopausal transition symptoms in midlife women living with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. In: Health Care for Women International. 2006 ; Vol. 27, No. 7. pp. 600-614.
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