By: Dr Alex Robber
Understanding Fibromyalgia and its Comorbidities
Fibromyalgia (FM) is the well-known musculoskeletal disease with extensive pain, tiredness and sleep problems. But few know about its comorbidity. In combination with ankylosing spondyliitis, axial spondyloarthritis (axSp A), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA), frequent pain and other symptoms usually associated with FM can also be aggravated.
Therefore a Rheumatology study sought to evaluate the incidence of FM both in RA, AS, axSpA or PsA patients as well as the extent to which comorbid FM (FM which exists concurring a different medical situation) impacts the activity of diseases by examining information acquired from different published materials and research papers.
Understanding Ankylosing Spondylitis
“Ankylosing spondylitis is one form of arthritis that causes inflammation of ligaments that reach bones in the body. However, Theodore Fields MD, professor of healthcare at Weill Cornell Medical College (WC) and director of the Faculty of Rheumatology’s practice plan at the Hospital for Special Surgery of New York City said all conditions are prone to having the same genetic marker.
Psoriasis people can also create psoriatic arthritis, another type of AS-like spondyloarthritis. Therefore, Dr. Fields proposes that you ask your doctor to examine your ankylosing spondylitis, which is characterized by red itchy skin patches.
People diagnosed with psoriasis and develop back, neck, or joint pain. Therefore Topical drugs, phototherapy, systemic treatment, biotherapy or a combination strategy can be considered for psoriasis.
Understanding Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia
While their symptoms can be similar, spondylitis and fibromyalgia ankylosing are different. Fibromyalgia includes muscle and soft tissue pain, including ligaments and tendons, and does not demonstrate inflammation.
Since there is considerable inflammation on the other side. The spine and other joints sometimes are also affected. There needs to be further study into whether ankylosing spondylitis has a relation to fibromyalgia. No genetic marker for fibromyalgia has yet been created. This means that the conditions cannot be genetically connected now.
One possible connection between AS and fibromyalgia, however, is sleep. “Sleep deficiency seems to contribute considerably to the growth and deterioration of fibromyalgia,” claims Fields. Fibromyalgia may be taken with pain management medicines or antidepressants. “Every disease which causes pain such as ankylosing spondylitis can interfere in the sun and can predetermine your fibromyalgia.
Understanding the Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia can be diagnosed in many respects. The most significant thing is to talk to the patient. When you hear a patient, how the patient portrays his pain and its related symptoms, during the clinical meeting, you get the feeling that fibromyalgia can be a problem.
As you believe someone is fibromyalgia, the most significant things are the following. Firstly, the pain lasts for a long time. The pain is also usually common. Therefore the back and upper ends, lower ends and the chest and abdomen can be affected. And there are pain characteristics that make fibromyalgia very suggestive.
The pain is relaxed. It is worse after exercise, but it has a certain amount of activity enhancement. The patients portray their pain with much color. It is heavily related. They often define it dramatically stab, burn, unsustainable, and they often use the so-called neuropathic pain features. Thus, patients claim it’s burning, tingling, which is a bit distinct than other circumstances such as rheumatoid arthritis, which lack these neuropathic elements.
Understanding the Treatments
However several medications and all other circumstances that occur are accessible for treatment of AS. Your doctor’s communication is crucial. Therefore Petros Efthimiou, MD, an associate teacher of medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and an assistant head of rheumatology, New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, states: “Tell your physician about all medicaments that you use to treat ankylosing of spondylitis and other medical situations and alert him to possible drug interactions.”
Medical guidance is so necessary for thearpies. Therefore you can assist ensure that your therapy for ankylosing spondylitis is safe and most efficient, by factoring in other associated health circumstances.
Before taking any medication always concern your health care provider and it is important to be diagnosed correctly. Stay Healthizes!