Fibromyalgia Prevalent in Patients with Rheumatological Conditions, Review Finds

Fibromyalgia Prevalent in Patients with Rheumatological Conditions, Review Finds
Fibromyalgia is common in patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis, and may affect optimal management and treatment of rheumatological disorders, a new U.K. study reports. The study, “Concomitant fibromyalgia complicating chronic inflammatory arthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” was published in the journal Rheumatology. Patients with inflammatory arthropathies, which are diseases affecting the joints, commonly meet the criteria for fibromyalgia. However, both the prevalence of this dirsorder in inflammatory arthropathy and whether fibromyalgia is a complication or occurs independently are still unclear. Regardless of what causes fibromyalgia in these patients, this condition may significantly affect the treatment of the inflammatory condition. Current rheumatological treatments aim to reduce disease activity or achieve disease remission. As evaluation of disease activity is partially done by patients’ self-assessment, the presence of fibromyalgia may aggravate disease activity scores (DAS), thereby leading to inappropriate dose escalation, termination of therapy, or treatment choice. The research team at University of Liverpool conducted a systematic review of the literature to assess the prevalence of fibromyalgia in adults with chronic inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA). The scientists also compared DAS i
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