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Table 2 Local vs widespread musculoskeletal pain disorders without fibromyalgia

From: Are persons with fibromyalgia or other musculoskeletal pain more likely to report hearing loss? A HUNT study

  Local musculoskeletal pain (LMS) Widespread musculoskeletal pain (WMS) Comparison LMS vs WMS (P-value)a
Total N (%) 8 749 (100) 10 059 (100)  
Women N (%) 4 158 (47.52) 5 790 (57.56) 0.000
Age Mean (SD) 50.65 (16.21) 52.50 (14.91) 0.000
Single N (%) 3 067 (35.06) 3 273 (32.54) 0.000
Education     0.000
 Primary school N (%) 2 937 (33.57) 4 105 (40.81)  
 High school N (%) 3 805 (43.49) 4 131 (41.07)  
 Higher N (%) 2 007 (22.94) 1 823 (18.12)  
Audiometry (MTH) Mean (SD) 17.26 (14.81) 18.00 (14.78) 0.001
HADS-Ab Mean (SD) 4.13 (3.11) 5.07 (3.63) 0.000
HADS-Db Mean (SD) 3.48 (2.97) 4.14 (3.27) 0.000
  1. MTH = mean threshold of hearing based on pure tone audiometry at frequencies 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 kHz on both ears
  2. HADS-A = self-reported questionnaire for symptoms of anxiety
  3. HADS-D = self-reported questionnaire for symptoms of depression
  4. aDescriptive comparison of categorical variables performed with chi-square and continuous variables with two-sided t-test
  5. bMissing data from several participants on this variable. Applicable for FM, MSD and Ref