Fibromyalgia Patients Prescribed More Medication for Other Health Conditions, Study Shows

Fibromyalgia Patients Prescribed More Medication for Other Health Conditions, Study Shows
Fibromyalgia patients can develop additional health conditions similar to other patients with diseases, but they receive more and prolonged medication treatments to treat these conditions, according to new research. The study, “Fibromyalgia Is Associated To Receiving Chronic Medications Beyond Appropriateness: A Cross-Sectional Study,” was published in the journal Rheumatology International. Previous studies have shown that fibromyalgia is one of the rheumatic diseases that is more often associated with a greater number of other health conditions, and has a considerable impact on the patient’s quality of life. “Managing this situation effectively requires a multidisciplinary approach for treating all the problems together rather than separately,” the authors wrote in their report. “However, it is unknown whether [fibromyalgia] diagnosis determines the treatment of these symptoms.” The study's aim was to evaluate the medications prescribed for the treatment of all the health conditions present in fibromyalgia patients and assess the appropriateness of the treatments. The study enrolled 159 patients at the Rheumatology Clinic in the Comunidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. All patients were women from 18 to 65 years old. They were classified into three groups: group 1 (previous fibromyalgia diagnosis and fulfilling ACR criteria, 59 patients); group 2 (no fibromyalgia diagnosis and not fulfilling ACR criteria, 67 patients); and group 3 (no fibromyalgia diagnosis but fulfilling ACR criteria, 33 patients). The ACR is the American College of Rheumatology. Prescription medication used by th
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