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Fibromyalgia Symptoms Found To Be More Severe In Younger Patients

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Human experience has provided ample proof that physical health and quality of life can deteriorate with age. But this does not seem to be case with people suffering from fibromyalgia: the younger a patient is, the more likely he or she is to have worse symptoms and quality of life.

This is according to a study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers with 978 fibromyalgia patients. The subjects were divided into three groups based on their age. The first group comprised patients aged 39 or younger, the second included those in the 40 to 59 age range and the third was made up of patients aged 60 or above. Symptom severity and quality of life were found to be worse for young and middle-aged patents, which senior study author Dr Terry Oh described as surprising given their negative association with age in the general population.

This was one of several studies carried out by Mayo Clinic researchers. Separately, they established that approximately 7% of fibromyalgia sufferers had inflammatory rheumatic conditions. In general, such patients do not benefit from treatment to the extent observed in patients without rheumatic diseases. It was also found that fibromyalgia patients may suffer from skin-related symptoms like profuse sweating or burning sensations. One study concluded that experiences and symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis patients were not always as described in medical literature with regard to pain, morning stiffness, the link between swelling and damage and factors affecting symptoms in a positive or negative way. As for gout patients, the study dealing with them found that hospitalisation significantly increased the risk of gout flares.