Study on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue in Canada Outlines Impact On Health

Study on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue in Canada Outlines Impact On Health
Chronic fatigue (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) are impairing conditions that can greatly reduce quality of life. A recent study conducted by the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada along with the National ME/FM Action Network has shed some light on the impact of these conditions on a population of affected people living in Canada. fatigueFM is a commonly misdiagnosed and misunderstood musculoskeletal condition. It is a chronic disorder characterized by pain, often in localized body regions, and fatigue. CFS has an unknown cause. Symptoms of CFS include fever, aching, and prolonged tiredness and depression, and often occurs after a viral infection. Not many prior studies have measured the impact on general health independently associated with CFS and FM. Using data from the 2010 Canadian Community Health Survey, which polled 59,101 people, the researchers described the effects of diagnosed CFS and/or FM, on 6 different health status indicators. These indicators included: "fair/poor general health, fair/poor mental health, activity limitations, help needed for tasks, severe level of impairment and presence of pain." The scientists found that in 2010, CFS and FM were reported by 1.4%, respectively, of the Canadian household population 12 years and over. The percentage of people with both conditions was 0.3%. Both conditions occurred mor
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