Investigation of the relationship between anxiety and heart rate variability in fibromyalgia: A new quantitative approach to evaluate anxiety level in fibromyalgia syndrome

BİLGİN S., Arslan E., ELMAS O., Yildiz S., ÇOLAK Ö. H., BİLGİN G., ...More

COMPUTERS IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, vol.67, pp.126-135, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Background: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is identified by widespread musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, nonrestorative sleep, fatigue, morning stiffness and anxiety. Anxiety is very common in Fibromyalgia and generally leads to a misdiagnosis. Self-rated Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and doctorrated Hamilton Anxiety Inventory (HAM-A) are frequently used by specialists to determine anxiety that accompanies fibromyalgia. However, these semi-quantitative anxiety tests are still subjective as the tests are scored using doctor-rated or self-rated scales.