Depression and Sexual Problems ‘Significant’ in Fibromyalgia, Study Reports

Depression and Sexual Problems ‘Significant’ in Fibromyalgia, Study Reports
Fibromyalgia is associated with sexual dysfunction, depression, and with abnormal hematological parameters, such as lower serum concentrations of testosterone and lower blood hemoglobin, new research shows. Findings in the study, “Depression, sexuality and fibromyalgia syndrome: clinical findings and correlation to hematological parameters,” published in the journal Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, also raise the possibility of "the involvement of immune-inflammatory mediators" in the disease. Fibromyalgia (FM),characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure, is linked to sexual and reproductive problems in a wide majority of patients,  83.3 percent. Bruna Alves with the Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades in São Paulo, Brasil, and colleagues sought to investigate issues of sexuality and depression in 33 women with FM compared with 19 healthy women (control group), and to correlate the clinical findings to blood parameters. All the women were evaluated
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