Chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia: Should reports of increased mortality influence management?

ArticleinCurrent Rheumatology Reports 7(5):339-41 · November 2005with5 Reads
DOI: 10.1007/s11926-005-0017-8 · Source: PubMed
There have been few studies examining whether persons with chronic widespread pain or fibromyalgia are at increased risk for dying prematurely. Among the studies conducted there is little consistency in results. If there is an increased mortality risk, it is of the order of a 30% excess and it may be related to the lifestyle of patients with these symptoms, including lack of exercise. Skilled judgment is required in determining whether reports of new symptoms are likely to indicate underlying new pathology. Studies are currently underway which will determine whether initial observations of an increased mortality risk can be replicated.
    • "Diminished aerobic fitness in FM has been documented for almost three decades, and recent studies report that the average 40-year-old with FM has fitness findings expected for a healthy 70 to 80-year-old, and FM has now also been associated with increased mortality.2,3,11–14 Tailoring exercise to patients with FM requires an understanding of the relevant pathophysiology. "
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    • "In the last 5 years, reports have emerged suggesting an association between chronic widespread pain and increased mortality [3,4] . The increased mortality risk has been hypothesized to be related to a patient's lifestyle, including physical inactivity [4]. The current standard of care for FMS is a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, including recommendations for increased physical activity (PA) and exercise [5]. "
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