Clinical Characteristics of Patients with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia jibrositis is a common noninflammatory, painful muskuloskeletal disorder. It is commonly seen between the ages of 40 and 60 and has a 5:1 female to male ratio. Essential symptoms of fibrositis are disturbed sleep, morning stiffness, and local tender points. Subjective swelling, paresthesia, and numbness sometimes may be seen. Multiple host and environmental factors seem to contribute to the onset and course of fibromyalgia. Modest improvement follows treatment by antidepressive agents, by physical measures and by reduction in stress.
In this study, 60 patients with fibromyalgia were investigated and the clinical characteristics were delineated and compared with other studies. We found that mean age (37.4 years) was lower and the common sites were neck, low back, and shoulder. Stress, fatigue, and climate were the usual associated factors.
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