Fibromyalgia Patients Who Smoke Do So to Deal with Pain

Fibromyalgia Patients Who Smoke Do So to Deal with Pain
Female smokers with fibromyalgia report that cigarette smoking helps them to cope with the pain caused by their condition, though it doesn't really ease their symptoms. These findings, published in the journal Pain Practice, are part of a study titled “The Perception of Female Smokers with Fibromyalgia on the Effects of Smoking on Fibromyalgia Symptoms.” To determine the relationship between tobacco use and fibromyalgia symptoms in patients who smoke, and to understand how patients perceive the interaction of the two, Toby Weingarten, MD, from the Department of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, New York, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional survey of daily smokers enrolled in a fibromyalgia treatment program. Forty-eight women with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia took part, completing a battery of self-reporting questionnaires like the General Anxiety Disorder-7  the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence, the Patient Health Questionnaire-9, and a Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Smoking Survey that asked after smoking's direct or indirect impact on fibromyalgia symptoms (e.g., fatigue, pain, stiffness, /anxiety, depression, concentration, irritability, and overall). Results
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