Study Investigates Prevalence and Impact of Craniomandibular Disorder in Fibromyalgia Patients

Study Investigates Prevalence and Impact of Craniomandibular Disorder in Fibromyalgia Patients
shutterstock_171526511Researchers from University of Bari in Italy investigated the prevalence of craniomandibular disorders (CMD) among fibromyalgia (FM) patients and the impact it has on their quality of life.  The study entitled “Quality of life in fibromyalgia patients with craniomandibular disorders” was recently published in The Open Dentistry Journal. FM is a chronic condition associated with widespread pain of unknown origin in muscles and joints. FM affects approximately 2% to 5% of the US population. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for a diagnosis of FM consists of the patient having severe widespread pain symptoms that have been chronically present for 3 months or greater without a known cause. FM often occurs with other pain-inducing conditions such as CMD. CMD defines an array of conditions that involve the masticatory muscles (M
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