Fibromyalgia Might Be Harder on Younger Patients, Study Finds
SATURDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay Information) — Younger and middle-aged fibromyalgia sufferers report worse signs and poorer high quality of life than older sufferers, a brand new examine reveals.
Fibromyalgia is characterised by signs corresponding to musculoskeletal pain and tenderness, fatigue, and sleep and reminiscence issues. The dysfunction, which most frequently impacts girls, has no identified causes and few efficient remedies.
The examine included 978 fibromyalgia sufferers who had been divided into three age teams: 39 and youthful, 40 to 59, and 60 and older. The youthful and middle-aged sufferers had been extra more likely to be employed, single, smokers, have a better training degree and decrease body-mass index (BMI), a measure of physique fats that takes peak and weight under consideration.
They had been additionally extra more likely to have a historical past of abuse and to have had fibromyalgia symptoms for a shorter size of time than older sufferers, the examine authors stated.
“Among the many three age teams of younger, middle-aged and older, symptom severity and high quality of life differs,” examine senior creator Dr. Terry Oh, a bodily drugs and rehabilitation doctor on the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., stated in a clinic information launch.
The findings had been shocking, as a result of older individuals typically have poorer high quality of life and bodily well being than youthful individuals, Oh stated.
The researcher famous that feminine fibromyalgia sufferers in all three age teams reported a decrease high quality of life than common U.S. girls, and that the distinction between their bodily well being and that of the typical girl was extra important than mental health variations, significantly in younger sufferers.
The examine was to be introduced this week on the American School of Rheumatology annual assembly, in San Diego.
In different Mayo research introduced on the assembly, researchers discovered that about 7 % of fibromyalgia sufferers have inflammatory rheumatic circumstances and that these sufferers do not reply as nicely to remedy as these with out rheumatic ailments, and that fibromyalgia sufferers may additionally have skin-related signs corresponding to excessive sweating, burning and different sensations.
As a result of the research had been introduced at a medical assembly, the info and conclusions needs to be considered as preliminary till revealed in a peer-reviewed journal.
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SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, information launch, Oct. 26, 2013