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Table 2 Pain and sensory symptoms in DPN (n = 1623) and fibromyalgia patients (n = 1434)

From: Fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain - differences and similarities. A comparison of 3057 patients with diabetic painful neuropathy and fibromyalgia

Aetiology DPN Fibromyalgia s
VAS worst pain * 6.4 ± 2.6 8.0 ± 1.7 < 0.001
VAS average pain * 5.0 ± 2.3 6.3 ± 1.9 < 0.001
VAS current pain * 4.6 ± 2.5 5.9 ± 2.2 < 0.001
Q1-7: Clinical relevant complaint (score >3)    
Q1, burning 33% 30% 0.018
Q2, prickling 35% 33% n.s.
Q3, allodynia 18% 20% n.s.
Q4, attacks 29% 40% < 0.001
Q5, thermal 14% 26% < 0.001
Q6, numbness 30% 19% < 0.001
Q7, pressure 22% 58% < 0.001
Radiating pain 54.7% 72.0% < 0.001
  1. * mean ± standard deviation
  2. DPN: painful diabetic neuropathy; VAS: visual analogue scale from 0 to 10; Q1-7: Question 1 to 7 of PD-Q.