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- On January 17, 2011
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Past research suggested that obesity is a common comorbidity and may be related to the severity of FM. The purpose of this study, conducted by University of Utah researchers, was to evaluate the relationship between FM and obesity in four specific FM-related domains: hyperalgesia, symptoms, physical abilities and sleep.
Study Design and Results
A total of 215 FM patients took part in the study – 47% were obese and an additional 30% were overweight. Participants completed a set of self-reported inventories to assess FM-related symptoms. They also underwent a tender point examination, physical performance testing, and a 7-day home sleep assessment.
The results showed a significant relationship between obesity and…
- greater pain sensitivity to tender-point palpation, particularly in the lower body areas
- reduced physical strength and impaired flexibility in the lower-body
- shorter sleep duration
- greater restlessness during sleep
The researchers concluded that obesity is a prevalent comorbidity of fibromyalgia and may contribute to its severity. They added that weight management may need to be part of FM treatment.
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Source: Journal of Pain 2010 Dec; 11(12):1329-37