According to a new study, psoriatic arthritis patients who suffer from fibromyalgia have worse clinical evaluations. The researchers made a cross-sectional study in order to analyze the existence of fibromyalgia in 73 psoriatic arthritis patients. They managed to identify 13 patients who suffered from fibromyalgia.
In order to get as much data as possible from the patients, the researchers performed different various evaluations such as Health Assessment Questionnaire, the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, the Dermatology Life Quality Index, the Leeds Enthesitis Index, the Composite Psoriatic Disease Activity Index, minimal disease activity, and the Disease Activity index for Psoriatic Arthritis scores.
Most of the patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis at the same time, with the exception of one, were women. Fortunately, none of the patients involved in the study had the minimal disease activity criteria, the exception being those patients who suffered from psoriatic arthritis only.
The Composite Psoriatic Disease Activity Index and Disease Activity index for Psoriatic Arthritis scores came up higher in patients who suffered from both diseases than who were affected just by psoriatic arthritis. The other evaluation scores were also worse in patients suffering from both fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis in comparison to those from patients suffering only from psoriatic arthritis.
The fact that all the evaluations showed worse results in patients who suffered from both diseases proves that fibromyalgia has a negative effect on psoriatic arthritis patients.
Development of Fibromyalgia in Psoriatic Arthritis Patients
Fibromyalgia is normally associated with other illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome. The connection between fibromyalgia and these diseases may be the result of adrenal fatigue and vagus nerve dysfunction. There can also be a link between fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis, as proven by the results of a study which analyzed 78 people and discovered that 38 of them suffered from psoriatic arthritis. A bit over half the 38 patients diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis also suffered from fibromyalgia.
There have been more and more accounts of fibromyalgia developing in patients with psoriatic arthritis. Studies show that there is a 17.8% prevalence which can go as high as 37.5%. at this point it isn’t worth mentioning that the risk of developing fibromyalgia is much higher in psoriatic arthritis patients when compared to the rest of the population. This can also cause psoriatic arthritis to affect your health even more.
Both fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis share common symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, movement limitations and numbness. The most important step towards proper diagnosing the two diseases is finding the main cause of pain. Make sure to consult your personal physician the moment you feel any of the symptoms.