Stress Aggravates Pain in Female Patients With Fibromyalgia

Stress Aggravates Pain in Female Patients With Fibromyalgia
Researchers from the University of Marburg, Germany recently studied how stress affects women with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. The work, entitled “Stress exacerbates pain in the everyday lives of women with fibromyalgia syndrome—The role of cortisol and alpha-amylase” was recently published in the Psychoneuroendocrinology journal. Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) refers to widespread muscle pain, tenderness to palpation and incapacitating fatigue that cannot be explained by any medical conditions. FMS is a chronic disease that shows little improvement over time. Although symptoms are usually stable, there are evidences suggesting that stress can exacerbate and perpetuate FMS pain. In this work, scientists investigated the relationship between stress and pain in FMS patients without massive depression disorders. Authors also examined whether the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the autonomic nervous system, two major stress-related systems, played a role in the development of this relationship. The study consisted of a 14 day ambulatory assessment study of 32 FMS female patients between 18 and 65 years of age. Only female patients were considered due to the higher impact of FMS in women and also to avoid known discrepancies in pain evaluation between males and females. Participants provided six daily entries on momentary stress and pain levels, which were accompanied by simultaneous saliva collections to determine cortisol and alpha-amylase levels – indicatives of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
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  1. Linda Dempster says:

    Stress certainly aggravates my Fibromyalgia. Also weather seem to affect me. I live in the NT tropical Astralia, we have just 2 main seasons the Wet and the Dry. Heavy down pours and heavy thunder storms are killers. Getting cold in the Dry season can give me tingling extremities, muscle lock, especially my jaw, followed by usually a quiet seisure, then exhaustion.

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