Middle-Aged Women with Fibromyalgia and Elderly Show Similar Gait Characteristics

Middle-Aged Women with Fibromyalgia and Elderly Show Similar Gait Characteristics
shutterstock_218859526A study published in the Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia (English Edition) revealed that middle-aged women suffering from fibromyalgia show gait parameters that resemble the ones found in the elderly population. The study is entitled “Gait characteristics of women with fibromyalgia: a premature aging pattern.” Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, with other symptoms being fatigue, tenderness, headaches, sleep disorder, mood alterations, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body. Fibromyalgia can affect the ability of individuals to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising their quality of life. Women are also known to be more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men. Gait problems have been previously reported in middle-aged fibromyalgia patients, referring to a reduced walking speed, stride length and cycle frequency -- most likely attempts to prevent the muscle pain and discomfort generated by the exercise. The gait pattern observed is, however, similar to the one found in the elderly. In this study, researchers assessed 25 volunteer women, with 10 being middle-aged and suffering from fibromyalgia and 15 belonging to the elderly population and without f
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