According to the outcomes of the Turkish research, fibromyalgia (FM) incidence may improve by era. However the study shows that the pain, sleep, social and emotional quality of life of elderly adults with fibromyalgia is deficient.
This study was published in a Turkish newspaper called Agri Pain, entitled’ Prevalence of Fibromyalgia in Turkish Geriatric Population and the Impact of it on quality of life.’
Therefore fibromyalgia surveys include mostly young and medium-aging patients, but the incidence and effect of fibromyalgia on elderly people is unknown.
Researchers followed 100 65 to 80-year old patients, split into 2 groups, FM and non-FM, according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).
Similarly researchers evaluated several parameters: tender points count (TPC), prevalent symptoms, severity of illness. (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire) and pain intensity (Measured by Visual Analog Scale or VAS), quality of life (using the Nottingham Health Profile or NHP).
So, of the 100 patients, 31 are FM-patients and 69 are non-FM-patients.
Therefore patients with fibromyalgia have a considerably higher quality of life in comparison with non-FM groups for pain, sleep, social isolation and emotional responses. Because the TPC and illness severity measurements did not differentiate in terms of gender. But with growing era these parameters have been lowered–the older the patient, the worse the outcome.
Results also stated that pain and emotional responses as tested in quality of life are related to the severity of disease and TPC. However, no correlation between the severity of disease and TPC and the physical, sleep, energy, and social insulation of patients was found.
The findings combined show that not only improves with aging the incidence of fibromyalgia but also leads to bad patients ‘ quality of life.
Because “Elderly patients may be accompanied by osteoarthritis that may trigger delaying diagnosis and therapy of FM. In serious pain inconsistent with radiological and clinical findings, FM diagnosis should be considered.
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