Anxiety and Depression Linked in Study to Unexplained Chronic Pain and Fatigue

Anxiety and Depression Linked in Study to Unexplained Chronic Pain and Fatigue
Chronic widespread pain and fatigue, not related to a medical condition, may be explained by concurrent anxiety and depression, a new study reported, indicating that clinicians need to be attentive to mental health to provide optimal care. Widespread and chronic pain and fatigue often go hand-in-hand and share several risk factors, such as depression and anxiety, which is overrepresented among these patients. Researchers at the University of Manchester explored these factors in a large population-based study of people registered at two general practices in North West England. To assess potential influences of socioeconomic character, patients at clinics in two different areas — one an affluent rural area, and one an inner-city area — were targeted. Among 2,985 individuals contacted, 2,490 were eligible to participate in the study. The potential participants, ages 25–65, were sent a questionnaire assessing the presence of chronic widespread pain, chronic fatigue, and other factors such as sociodemographic issues, general health, healthcare use, childhood factors, adult attachment, and psychological stress such as anxiety and depression. To explore if pain and fatigue could be linked to any medical conditions, the study, "Common and unique associated factors for medically unexplained chronic widespread pain and chronic fatigue," also analyzed medical records of consenting participants. Medical conditions during a period of one year before the first questionnaire to one year after were examined. Findings, published in the
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