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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:

  • Fatigue
  • Waking up still tired
  • Thinking problems

The SS scale ranges from 0 to 3:

  • 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.

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 David Zelman on August 13, 2019

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 David Zelman on August 13, 2019

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