Patients with Hepatitis B Virus Infection Have Higher Fibromyalgia Incidence

Patients with Hepatitis B Virus Infection Have Higher Fibromyalgia Incidence
Researchers at Dicle University and the Yüzüncüyıl University in Turkey recently reported that patients infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) have a higher incidence of fibromyalgia. The study was published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases and is entitled “Fibromyalgia incidence among patients with hepatitis B infection”. Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterized by a set of symptoms that includes widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, incapacitating fatigue, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, painful response to pressure, headaches, unrefreshing sleep (poor sleep quality), anxiety or depression and mood alterations. Fibromyalgia can affect people’s ability to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising their quality of life. It is estimated that 5 to 15 million Americans are affected by this disorder, especially women. The causes of fibromyalgia are unclear, but it is thought that genetic, neurophysiological and psychosocial mechanisms are involved. HBV infection is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease, increasing the patient’s risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer. It has been previously observed that patients infected with HBV have a high incidence of fibromyalgia. In the study, researchers investigated the incidence of fibromyalgia among HBV patients and
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