Fibromyalgia Predictors Can Range from Headaches to Sleeping Problems

Fibromyalgia Predictors Can Range from Headaches to Sleeping Problems
Researchers in Finland suggest that fibromyalgia (FM) could be predicted through symptoms related to regional pain, frequent headache, persistent back/neck pain, sleeping problems, and excess weight. The study, "Predictors of fibromyalgia: a population-based twin cohort study," was published in MC Musculoskeletal Disorders. The American College of Rheumatology classified FM as a syndrome in 1990, using as criteria: 1) a history of widespread pain concentrated particularly on axial skeletal, left/right sides of the body as well as above/below the waist, and 2) sensation of pain in at least 11 of 18 specific tender sites in the body. Compared to previous decades, FM is now relatively better understood. However, mechanisms in its development and symptoms remain unclear. In a large prospective twin-cohort study, researchers at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital examined various potential predictors for FM, as well as the possible genetic factors assessed 9–15 years before the evaluation of FM symptoms. “Prospective population-based studies on the incidence and predictors of FM are few, whereas many cross-sectional and tertiary clinic studies assess predictors. In a cross-sectional setting, the sequential relationship remains unclear, and one can only identify an association, not a prediction,” the authors wrote in their report. A total of 8,343 peopl
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