Fibromyalgia ranks as one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed disease, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz. Now a new study shows that when it comes to pain and quality of life, younger patients suffer the most, reported the Mayo Clinic on October 28.
Conducted by the Mayo clinic, the study showed that "young and middle-aged fibromyalgia patients report worse symptoms and poorer quality of life than older patients."
About fibromyalgia: This condition most often impacts women. Symptoms include:
- widespread musculoskeletal pain
- sleep problems
- mood concerns
"Among the three age groups of young, middle-aged and older, symptom severity and quality of life differs," says senior author Terry Oh, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Dr. Oh noted that the study's results seemed counter-intuitive: Quality of life and physical health typically are assumed to go downhill as people age.
The study revealed:
- Women in all three groups with fibromyalgia reported a lower quality of life than average U.S. women of similar age
- About 7 percent of fibromyalgia patients had inflammatory rheumatic conditions. Those patients did not respond as well to treatment.
- Many fibromyalgia patients suffered from skin-related symptoms such as excessive sweating or burning or other sensations.
- With regard to physical versus mental health, patients with fibromyalgia suffered most from physical problems such as chronic pain rather than emotional.