The aim of this study is To investigate the relation of physical (non-psychological) comorbidity and multimorbidity to quantitative measures of fibromyalgia (FM) and musculoskeletal pain.

We studied 12,215 patients in a research databank with quantitative measures of FM-related variables (FMV) that included binary determinations of FM and widespread pain (WSP), and constituent variables of FM diagnosis that included the WSP index (WPI), the symptom severity score (SSS), and the polysymptomatic distress scale (PSD). We assessed self-reported comorbid conditions and covariates that included age, sex, body mass index, hypertension, smoking history, and total household income. We used nearest-neighbor matching and regression adjustment treatment effects models to measure the effect of comorbidities on FMV. We found a positive association between FMV and the probability of having each comorbid condition. Patients with ≥ 1 comorbidities had PSD, WPI, and SSS increases of 3.0 (95% CI 2.7–3.3), 1.8 (95% CI 1.6–2.0), and 1.2 (95% CI 1.1–1.3) units, respectively, and an increase in FM prevalence from 20.4% to 32.6%. As the number of comorbid conditions present increased from 1 to 4 or more, PSD, WPI, SSS, and FM percent increased stepwise. For patients with ≥ 4 conditions, the predicted prevalence of FM was 55.2%.

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