Hormone Imbalance Can Play Important Role in Triggering Fibromyalgia, Case Study Suggests

Hormone Imbalance Can Play Important Role in Triggering Fibromyalgia, Case Study Suggests
A case study recently reported a rare case of a patient who developed fibromyalgia during the course of a hormone imbalance disorder. The disorder was described as an excess of ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), characteristic of Cushing’s disease, accompanied by a reduction of circulating thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism). The case report, “Fibromyalgia in a Patient with Cushing’s Disease Accompanied by Central Hypothyroidism,” was published in the scientific journal Internal Medicine. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by general muscle pain, usually accompanied by fatigue or insomnia. Although it is unclear what causes fibromyalgia, alterations in hormone levels might be a trigger or play a part in the development of the disease. The excess release of ACTH by the pituitary gland is the main characteristic of Cushing’s disease. This is frequently due to a benign tumor or an abnormal growth of the gland. Among the symptoms it causes are rounded face, obesity, thin skin, and proximal muscle weakness without pain. The study reports the case of a 39-year-old Japanese woman who went to the hospital due to a six-month history of widespread muscle pain. The patient did not report any major health changes except that her face began to take on a more rounded shape four years before the date of the consultation. Later, the patient developed spontaneous pain, tenderness, and exercise pain in her muscles. After a first attempt, the physicians could not determine the cause of her pain symptoms, and treatment with oral analge
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