Novel Insights Into Fibromyalgia, Dyspareunia and Pain Threshold in Women

Novel Insights Into Fibromyalgia, Dyspareunia and Pain Threshold in Women
Researchers at Kocaeli Derince Education and Research Hospital in Turkey recently provided new insights into the possible link between fibromyalgia, dyspareunia and pain threshold in women. The study was recently published in the journal Pain Research and Management and is entitled “The relationship between fibromyalgia and pressure pain threshold in patients with dyspareunia”. 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. Fibromyalgia is often associated with other comorbidities. Dyspareunia corresponds to a condition of genital pain immediately before, during or after sexual intercourse. Patients with the disorder are more sensitive to pain and tactile stimuli in the genital area. Pain can be felt around the vagina and in the pelvic region, and the disorder is estimated to affect 8 to 21% of women sometime in their lives. A possible link between fibromyalgia and dyspareu
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