Study of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Could Lead to More Personalized Treatments

Study of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Could Lead to More Personalized Treatments
Symptoms reported by patients with fibromyalgia may belong to one of two distinct subclusters, possibly leading to personalized treatments, according to an analysis recently published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research titled “Understanding the Association of Fatigue With Other Symptoms of Fibromyalgia: Development of a Cluster Model.” Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterized by widespread chronic pain, profound fatigue, and sleep disturbance. It appears to represent the end of the spectrum of polysymptomatic distress. Estimates indicated that FMS affects 6 percent of the U.S. population. In some patients with fibromyalgia, fatigue interferes with the performance of daily activities as much as or more than bodily pain. Because most studies have primarily investigated the mechanisms and treatment of FMS-related pain, less is known about other symptoms, including fatigue. To develop a symptom cluster model that could describe factors of fibromyalgia associated with fatigue severity and to explore FMS's clinical symptom subclusters based on the varying intensity of symptoms, Nada Lukkahatai at the School of Nursing, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and colleagues enrolled 120 patients with fibromyalgia (108 of whom were women) into a pros
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