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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