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What is the symptom severity (SS) scale for fibromyalgia?

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The symptom severity (SS) scale measures three key symptoms during the past week:

The SS scale ranges from 0 to 3:

Your doctor also will ask if you’ve had about 40 other symptoms that can affect people who have fibromyalgia. These include depression and anxiety, bellyaches, itching, taste changes, numbness, and dizziness. This score ranges from 0 (no symptoms) to 3 (a lot of problems).

Your doctor will add all the SS numbers together to get a score. It will be between 0 and 12.

  • Fatigue
  • Waking up still tired
  • Thinking problems
  • 0 -- No problems
  • 1 -- Mild: It comes and goes.
  • 2 -- Moderate: You usually have or feel it.
  • 3 -- Severe: It seriously affects your daily life.

From: How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association: “Diagnosis.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fibromyalgia.”

American College of Rheumatology: “2010 Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria -- Excerpt,” “Polymyalgia Rheumatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Fibromyalgia (Beyond the Basics).”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Fibromyalgia: The Information and Care You Deserve.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association: “Diagnosis.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fibromyalgia.”

American College of Rheumatology: “2010 Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria -- Excerpt,” “Polymyalgia Rheumatica.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Fibromyalgia (Beyond the Basics).”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Fibromyalgia: The Information and Care You Deserve.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

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