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Table 2 Categorisation of all symptoms expressed in the interviews (n = 40)

From: How well do questionnaires on symptoms in neck-shoulder disorders capture the experiences of those who suffer from neck-shoulder disorders? A content analysis of questionnaires and interviews

Engagement Body region Type of symptom Symptom Correspondence* n %
Bodily Neck Functional Tenseness, stiffness 1 34 85
    Creaking, cracking 2 6 15
    Weakness, tiredness, powerlessness 3–5 11 28
    Locking, wryneck 6 14 35
   Pain Tenderness - 4 10
    Gnawing, smarting - 16 40
    Burning, stinging - 10 25
    Cutting, pricking - 7 18
    Pulsating, pounding, throbbing - 4 10
    Pressure, pressuring ache - 8 20
    Unspecified ache/pain X 8 20
  Shoulder Functional Tenseness, stiffness 1 15 38
    Tiredness 4 3 8
   Pain Tenderness - 7 18
    Gnawing, smarting - 11 28
    Burning, stinging - 6 15
    Pressure, pressuring ache - 4 10
    Unspecified ache/pain X 9 23
  Shoulder blade Functional Tenseness, Stiffness - 10 25
   Pain Tenderness - 4 10
    Gnawing, smarting - 8 20
    Burning, stinging - 2 5
    Unspecified ache/pain X 8 20
  Rest of the body   Pain, numbness in arms 7 18 45
    Headache 8 22 55
    Ache, stiffness in jaw 9 4 10
    Eyes; irritated, runny, tired, blurred vision - 3 8
    Throat; hoarseness, pain, cramps in larynx 10 3 8
  General   Dizziness 12 3 8
    Nausea, Vomiting 13 6 15
    Cold symptoms, snottiness, feebleness, feeling out of sorts 13 1 3
Mental/Cognitive    Fatigue 11 9 23
    Difficulty concentrating 14 10 25
    Sensitivity to sound/light 15 3 8
    (Burnout)   8 20
Emotional    Irritation, irritability 17 18 45
    Sadness, depression 16 6 15
  1. *See corresponding numbers in table 6 for comparison with symptoms included in the questionnaires. (x denotes unspecified symptoms, present in both table 2 and 6, -denotes symptoms not included in any of questionnaires).