Fibromyalgia Linked to Endometriosis, Autoimmune Diseases, Study Says

Fibromyalgia Linked to Endometriosis, Autoimmune Diseases, Study Says
Women diagnosed with fibromyalgia and endometriosis have a higher risk of developing autoimmune diseases, a study found. Additionally, patients with both conditions had a higher incidence of mental conditions such as depression and used their healthcare system more often. The study, "Evidence for an association between endometriosis, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases," was published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Endometriosis is a complex disease characterized by cells of the endometrium — the lining of the womb — growing elsewhere in the body. The condition is associated with acute inflammation, chronic pain and infertility. Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain in the muscles and is sometimes accompanied by cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. The disease mainly occurs in women. Although the diseases' exact causes remain unknown, the immune system seems to play a crucial role in both. This is supported by studies suggesting high prevalence of fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases in patients with endometriosis. A group of researchers performed a retrospective study addressing the association between endometriosis, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases. They used data from the computerized databases of Maccabi Healthcare Services (MHS), which contains the information of 2.1 million healthcare plan users in Israel. Women
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