Increased Suicide Risk Seen in Fibromyalgia Patients with Other Disorders

Increased Suicide Risk Seen in Fibromyalgia Patients with Other Disorders
Fibromyalgia (FM) patients, like those with other chronic conditions, can be at increased risk of suicide or attempted suicide, but this risk is amplified in FM patients with additional diseases, such as heart failure, stroke, anxiety, sleep disorder, headaches or depression, researchers reported. These findings were detailed in the study, “Increased Risk Of A Suicide Event In Patients With Primary Fibromyalgia And In Fibromyalgia Patients With Concomitant Comorbidities: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study,” published in the journal Medicine. Previous studies have suggested an association between chronic pain and suicidal thoughts and behavior, and that generalized pain, symptoms of depression and lack of sleep, which frequently affect FM patients, are risk factors for suicide. The existence of other health conditions in these patients can increase this risk. However, evidence of a possible association between suicidal thoughts and FM is limited. Researchers analyzed data from 95,150 patients with incident FM (mean age, 45.8; female to male ratio of 6:4) and 190,299 control subjects (matched by such things as sex and age), included in the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database, a subset of Taiwan’s insurance claim dataset. Analysis showed that, compared to the matched subjects, FM patients had a higher incidence of other health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure, cerebrovascular disease, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, headache, sleep disorder, and chronic liver disease. R
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4 comments

  1. StevefromMA says:

    Not a surprise to anyone with FM who has 9/10 pain days for long periods of time. No physician has ever asked this question, nor would most of us trust this data to massive online patient databases open to scores of providers, not to mention hackers. Our medical system is not patient-centered, it is profit centered and beyond broken.

  2. Denise Bault says:

    Not surprised by this at all. How tragic, but I myself have thought about it often…especially during extremely painful, fatigued filled days that seem endless. It doesn’t help when your “friends and family” turn their backs on you either. My heart goes out to all of us who have had these thoughts or attempts. I don’t believe it’s a cry for help. It’s a cry for release!

  3. Katherine Johnson says:

    My faith alone has kept me on this earth, and I’m fortunate to have a supportive spouse. People who are able to live regular lives and participate in the community have no idea what this is like. It cuts you off from community and any feeling that you have a purpose or “use” in the world. The medical community has little to offer and most people just don’t understand. It’s hardly surprising that suicide risk is higher among this group. I’m still here because I believe God will somehow use my circumstance for good. I have seen this in action, as there’s nothing that gives you more credibility when trying to help people who are suffering than the fact that you suffering yourself. We must remember, even in isolation, we are not alone in this. While there’s life, there’s hope.

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