Polyneuropathy, with and without neurogenic pain, and its impact on daily life activities - a descriptive study
2009 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 31, no 17, 1402-1408 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose. Few studies on disabilities relate to neurogenic chronic pain conditions and how pain influences the patient's ability to maintain life roles. Polyneuropathy is a condition with muscle weakness, sensory impairment and sometimes additional pain of neurogenic origin. The aim was to investigate disability reported in daily activities and quality of life in patients with polyneuropathy, with and without neurogenic pain. Method. A mail questionnaire designed to collect data on the state of health and impact on daily activities, including the Quality of Life-scale, Swedish version (QOLS-S), were sent to 60 patients with polyneuropathy. Forty-two (72.4%) responded. Results. Twenty-three patients were old-age pensioners (>65 years), ten had disability pension and nine were employed. Twenty-seven patients reported pain in addition to polyneuropathy. The neuropathy symptoms influenced occupational performance at work and leisure and in housework for 72% of the patients. Patients with additional neurogenic pain reported significantly greater performance problems in 55% of the daily activities compared with patients without pain. Quality of life was significantly lower for patients with pain concerning health and participation in active recreation. Conclusions. Symptoms in polyneuropathy, especially when accompanied by pain, give rise to disability that affects daily activities and ought to be considered in planning a successful intervention programme.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 31, no 17, 1402-1408 p.
polyneuropathy, neurogenic pain, quality of life, activities of daily living
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19735DOI: 10.1080/09638280802621382OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-19735DiVA: diva2:228071