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Student Research Guide:Fibromyalgia: Top Resources

by Danya Teichner Stewart

Top Resources

Fibromyalgia Resources


An academic journal article, targeting nurses, discussing how patients with fibromyalgia have a difficult time with pain management and how it affects their quality of life. The article goes on to discuss cannabis as a beneficial alternative to pain medication. This article is a good reference when discussing pain management, quality of life for patients, and the importance of educating healthcare providers on fibromyalgia issues. 

This article discusses the stigma associated with fibromyalgia, and how it can be perceived by nurse practitioners and others in the medical community. The article also discusses how this affects the quality of life and pain management for patients. Use this article to discuss the negative effect a healthcare provider's bias has on how a patient manages their healthcare. 

  • Dassieu, L., Heino, A., Develay, É., Kaboré, J., Pagé, M.G., Moor, G., Hudspith, M., & Choinière, M. (2021). “They think you’re trying to get the drug”: Qualitative investigation of chronic pain patients’ health care experiences during the opioid overdose epidemic in Canada. Canadian Journal of Pain, 5:1, 66-80.

This study from Canada focuses on patients with non-cancer pain (such as fibromyalgia) and how the opioid epidemic has impacted how they are treated by the healthcare community. The study discusses the way pain management has changed since the epidemic started, and the discrimination patients now face. This study is useful to explore whether or not there is a valid connection between fibromyalgia and opioid addiction, and how the social stigma of addiction impacts fibromyalgia patients.

This source is a study conducted on patients with fibromyalgia and finding a link to biomarkers. It can be very technical. However, it analyzes what fibromyalgia is and its symptoms. It also discusses progress in discovering biomarkers for fibromyalgia. This article will be useful when discussing advances in fibromyalgia research.

A deep dive into the suicide rates for patients with fibromyalgia. This article talks about which gender is most at-risk, and possible reasons why. It also discusses other various factors into why the rates are higher than average. This is a useful article to discuss the importance of quality of life for fibromyalgia patients.

A recent article discussing advancements in diagnostic testing and treatment for fibromyalgia. This article also goes over multiple alternative treatments for pain management in great detail. It is an excellent source to help understand all of the available alternative treatments and how well these treatments are working for patients. The article also gives a brief breakdown of how the criteria for diagnosing have changed over the years. 

  • Muraleetharan, D., Fadich, A., Stephenson, C., & Garney, W. (2018). Understanding the impact of fibromyalgia on men: Findings from a nationwide survey. American Journal of Men's Health, 12(4), 952–960.

An excellent article to use to help discuss the differences between men and women when it comes to the issue of fibromyalgia. This study focuses on how men experience fibromyalgia differently than women. From the way they are diagnosed to the way they are expected to live with the disorder, men face different challenges. The article also touches on how fibromyalgia affects men’s relationships, jobs, and many other aspects of their daily lives.

  • Rowe, C. A., Sirois, F. M., Toussaint, L., Kohls, N., Nöfer, E., Offenbächer, M., & Hirsch, J. K. (2019). Health beliefs, attitudes, and health-related quality of life in persons with fibromyalgia: Mediating role of treatment adherence. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 24(8), 962–977.

A discussion and study of how bias from healthcare providers leads to mistrust from patients. The repercussions of distrust in a healthcare provider may cause mental anguish, and patients to not follow through with their care. This study is useful when considering how the bias of fibromyalgia hurts a patient's quality of life.

  • Taylor, A. G., Adelstein, K. E., Fischer-White, T. G., Murugesan, M., & Anderson, J. G. (2016). Perspectives on living with fibromyalgia. Global qualitative nursing research, 3, 2333393616658141.

A study researching the quality of life of those living with fibromyalgia. Patients were interviewed regarding multiple facets of their life in regard to their fibromyalgia. They discuss how they cope and how fibromyalgia impacts more than just the pain they feel in their body every day. This source is useful to discuss living with fibromyalgia and quality of life from the patient's perspective.

  • Walitt, B., Katz, R. S., Bergman, M. J., & Wolfe, F. (2016). Three-quarters of persons in the US population reporting a clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia do not satisfy fibromyalgia criteria: The 2012 national health interview survey. PLoS ONE, 11(6), 1–14.

A different take and perspective on fibromyalgia diagnosis from the other articles listed. This article discusses the possibility of over-diagnosis of fibromyalgia. It goes on to say many people with the diagnosis, mostly women, do not actually meet the criteria and the criteria used by many clinicians is “vague”. This will be a good reference when writing about diagnosing fibromyalgia and also when discussing the difference between men and women with fibromyalgia.

A study of how fibromyalgia impacts men and women differently, and whether or not more women actually have fibromyalgia. This article delves into the fact that fibromyalgia has been labeled by many as a “women’s disease”. It discusses the possible bias and confirmation bias with the diagnostic testing of fibromyalgia. The results of this study did find that there is a definite correlation between the bias of healthcare providers and the number of men not identified as having fibromyalgia.


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