Physical Activity Can Improve Function and Reduce Movement Fatigue in Women with FM, Study Shows

Physical Activity Can Improve Function and Reduce Movement Fatigue in Women with FM, Study Shows
Physical activity in one's daily life results in better outcomes in function and fatigue, but does not seem to influence pain and pain-related psychological measures, in women with fibromyalgia. A study with that finding, "Physical activity is related to function and fatigue but not pain in women with fibromyalgia: baseline analyses from the Fibromyalgia Activity Study with TENS (FAST)," was published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, Patients suffering from chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia usually do not meet recommendations about physical activity, and are regarded as people leading sedentary (under-active) lifestyles. Studies have shown this may be due to pain experienced by fibromyalgia patients as they increase their physical activities, in addition to certain psychological conditions associated with fibromyalgia such as depression and fear of movement. Studies in healthy individuals indicate that regular physical activity reduces pain sensitivity and the risk of developing chronic pain. This also applies to patients with chronic pain conditions, who also exhibit reduction in pain and disability following increased physical activity. In the case of fibromyalgia, these  studies have been focused on exercise rather than lifestyle physical activity. That is why researchers decided to investigate the relationship between symptoms and daily lifestyle physical activity in women with fibromyalgia. The study used baseline data from an ongoing Phase 2 (NCT01888640) clinical trial an
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