Patients with Fibromyalgia More Likely to Experience Anxiety Symptoms than Patients with Other Rheumatic Diseases

Patients with Fibromyalgia More Likely to Experience Anxiety Symptoms than Patients with Other Rheumatic Diseases
shutterstock_82177993According to a recent study, patients with fibromyalgia are at higher risk to present with anxiety symptoms when compared to patients with other rheumatic diseases. The study findings conducted by Robert S. Katz, MD, and Frank Leavitt, PhD, were presented at American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting that took place last November 14-19 in Boston. Fibromyalgia (FM) is one of the most common chronic pain conditions that affects the central nervous system. The condition is characterized by chronic diffuse musculoskeletal pain, increased pain sensitivity at multiple tender points, fatigue, abnormal pain processing, disturbed sleep and often, psychological stress.  More than the psychical disability, FM causes significant psychological distress because severe symptoms interfere with daily life activities, leading to low quality of life. FM affects 5 million Americans, and estimates are that the condition affects 3% to 6% of the world population. The condition is more prevalent in women, and the diagnosis is usually made between the ages of 20 to 50 years. However, the incidence of FM rises with age; by age 80, approximately 8% of adults meet the American College of Rheumatology classification of fibromyalgia. The research team examined a total of 191 patients with a diagnosis of a rheumatic disorder (RD). From these, 79 patients were found to have Fibromyalgia (FM)
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