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Human Studies

2019 Sep

Eur J Pain



A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, endometriosis or IBD is associated with later onset of fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain.


Larrosa Pardo F, Bondesson E, Schelin MEC, Jöud A
Eur J Pain. 2019 Sep; 23(8):1563-1573.
PMID: 31131959.


Widespread pain is a common comorbidity in several chronic diseases and is suspected to be caused by the underlying disease that has provoked a state of central sensitization. However, this argument is currently limited by evidence that has not sufficiently captured the temporal nature of the relationship between diagnosis of the underlying disease and onset of widespread pain. The aim of this study was to investigate whether patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), endometriosis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a higher risk of developing widespread pain (fibromyalgia or chronic widespread pain [CWP]).