Arthritis, Depression Common in Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Arthritis, Depression Common in Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests
Depression and arthritis are common in primary care patients with fibromyalgia, according to a reassessment study of patient medical records. These symptoms' prevalence was found to be significantly higher in female patients. The study, “Gender-Stratified Prevalence of Psychiatric and Pain Diagnoses in a Primary Care Patient Sample with Fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Pain Medicine. Co-occurrence of other conditions (comorbidity) is common in patients with fibromyalgia. Conditions affecting mental health and those causing pain are frequently reported. However, most of the information about this prevalence comes from specialists who can differentiate between the comorbidities and fibromyalgia, the authors wrote. Fibromyalgia diagnosis is difficult in a primary care setting because of the limited information available about these comorbidities. Therefore, the authors reassessed medical records from Saint Louis University’s Primary Care Patient Data Registry to understand the distribution of such comorbidities among fibromyalgia patients in primary care. Electronic medical records of 38,976 patients (mean age 47.2 years) were reanalyzed for this study. The patients were treated at three academic general internal medicine or family medicine clinics in the urban an
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