Negative Body Image Perception in Women with Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Negative Body Image Perception in Women with Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis
shutterstock_172607930Researchers at the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that women suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia have an overall negative body image perception. The study was published in The Open Rheumatology Journal and is entitled “Comparisons of Body Image Perceptions of a Sample of Black and White Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia in the US.” RA is an autoimmune disease that leads to chronic inflammation of the joints and other parts of the body, whereas fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, along with fatigue, headaches, sleep disorder and mood alterations. Both conditions can affect the ability of individuals to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising their quality of life. Women are known to have a significantly higher susceptibility to both disorders than men. The goal of this study was to evaluate the body image perceptions from women with fibromy
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