Women With Fibromyalgia Take Sick Leave for Workplace Reasons, Not Disease Issues, French Study Suggests

Women With Fibromyalgia Take Sick Leave for Workplace Reasons, Not Disease Issues, French Study Suggests
Women with fibromyalgia frequently take sick leave, but for workplace-specific reasons rather than due to disease-related issues, a French study suggests. The study, titled “Fibromyalgia in the workplace: risk factors for sick leave are related to professional context rather than fibromyalgia characteristics — a French national survey of 955 patients,” was published in the journal BMC Rheumatology. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that is much more frequent among women compared with men, and is considered "the second most important rheumatologic disorder after osteoarthritis," the researchers said. Work has been shown to be beneficial for people with fibromyalgia, as it may help with pain and fatigue. One study found that female patients with fibromyalgia who worked "report better health status than women who are not employed." However, symptoms of the disease can often impair work capacity, limit career progression, and cause grievances between patients and employers. A prior study of 39 women with fibromyalgia — 19 of whom were gainfully employed and 20 who had stopped working — found that participants had problems with work schedules, repetitive motions, a decrease in productivity, and concentration problems. These difficulties may make it difficult for patients to do their jobs, and may lead to repeated absences.
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