When it comes to patients with fibromyalgia, being young may not be better than being older. I”m Kendra Rowland for the dailyRx News Network. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness. A recent study found that young and middle-aged people with fibromyalgia reported worse symptoms and quality of life than older patients. Dr. Terry Oh, a physical and rehabilitation physician at Clinic the study, and its findings were presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting.
“Symptom severity and quality of life differ across the 3 age groups. And we observed worse symptom severity and quality of life in the young and middle-aged patients compared to older patients.” Talk with a doctor about your fibromyalgia symptoms. To keep up to date with all the latest health news, visit dailyRx.com. For the dailyRx News Network, I’m Kendra Rowland.
What is fibromyalgia? Well, fibromyalgia it’s a disease process that involves pain in multiple parts of the body, usually what we call soft tissue, meaning, the muscle, ligament, a system of your body. That it’s also associated with other comorbidities such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, eating disorders, etc.
I know there’s this misconception that”oh it’s all in your head” “fibromyalgia isn’t real” when you hear things like that what are your thoughts as a physician. ; Well I don’t think is inpatients head. I do think and there’s evidence to it that it’s overdiagnosed. –okay — so whenever a patient goes to a primary doctor and says “all these hurts”they get labeled “oh you have fibromyalgia” as being the first option. –right — Fibromyalgia is what we call a diagnosis of exclusion, which means you need to rule out all other possible — before you say it– before you can say.
Because fibromyalgia cannot be tested or diagnosed with an image or with a lapboard. So you first have to rule out all the possible reasons for the patient’s pain before you can call someone as having fibromyalgia. And some of those symptoms for the fibromyalgia is that fatigue that you expressed in that intense pain, is that what it is? > Yes it is. > Wow. Now the symptoms have heard symptoms they appear after physical trauma is that true or surgery or some people have developed fibromyalgia and after surgical trauma.
Normal trauma not surgical and some people have developed after periods of significant emotional distress and some people just develop it you know for no reason. What are they experiencing? > Well the most common experience is pain. So these patients will have pain in different parts of the body including joints in the upper extremities, in the interior chest, in the back, in the buttock area, or in the legs. And then you have associated symptoms on these patients and they will have that chronic headache, difficulty sleeping, memory changes, anxiety, etc. it’s quite common for some women to have fibromyalgia to have urinary problems or urinary complaints.