Good Spousal Relationships Can Improve Lives of Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests

Good Spousal Relationships Can Improve Lives of Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests
Better spousal relationships can effectively improve the quality of life in fibromyalgia patients, researchers have found. The study, “The role of spousal relationships in fibromyalgia patients' quality of life,” was published in the journal Psychology, Health & Medicine. Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder that affects several aspects of patients' lifes, including physical quality of life (QoL), mental QoL, finances, and relationships. Patients have to find ways to cope with fibromyalgia's heavy burden, which can also have an impact on their quality of life. Many patients tend to have a more passive attitude toward managing their fibromyalgia-associated pain. While is not clear if this passive strategy benefits the patient, it may have negative effects on the patient’s mental health. Patients who take a more active approach by using exercise or meditation reported they were more in control of their symptoms and have a better quality of life, despite having more pain. "[Fibromyalgia] patients who utilize more passive coping skills feel less in control of their pain than [fibromyalgia] patients who utilize more active coping skills," researchers wrote. The quality of spousal relationships has been shown to change patients’ outcomes in a number of diseases. Similar to other chronic illnesses, improved communication between couples about fibromyalgia and its related issues has seen to be a protective factor. But little is known if this positive effect can overcome the negative consequences of passive coping. A team evaluated the
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