HealthDay News — Patients with fibromyalgia are likely to have experienced suicidal ideation, a symptom strongly correlated to mental health, according to a study published in Pain Practice.

Elena P. Calandre, MD, from the Universidad de Granada in Spain, and colleagues examined the prevalence of suicidal ideation among patients with fibromyalgia. Baseline data were obtained for 373 fibromyalgia patients. The researchers compared scores on outcome measures including the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Beck Depression Inventory, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, the Brief Pain Inventory, and the Short Form-12 Health Survey among patients with and without suicidal ideation.

The researchers found that 48% of the patients reported suicidal ideation; 39.7% reported passive suicidal ideation, and 8.3% reported active suicidal ideation. There were strong correlations for suicidal ideation with depression, anxiety, sleep quality, and global mental health. Weak correlations were seen for suicidal ideation with pain and general physical health.

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“Our results suggest that suicidal ideation is highly prevalent among severely affected fibromyalgia patients and that it is associated more with mental than with physical symptomatology,” the authors write.


  1. Calandre EP et al. Pain Pract. 2015; doi:10.1111/papr.12164.