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Effect of Obesity On The Severity of Fibromyalgia

Back in 2010, a study published in the Journal of Pain suggested that overweight/obese persons with fibromyalgia syndrome had greater pain sensitivity, decreased quality of sleep, and reduced physical strength an flexibility. This might lead some to believe the combination of being overweight and having fibromyalgia is hopeless....









Interestingly enough, the study did not mention whether or not the subjects were overweight prior to their diagnosis, or if coping with the struggles of fibromyalgia led to weight gain.  In either case, weight management has its benefits and it's always a good idea for all of us be cognizant of our weight and our eating habits...

Now, fast forward to 2014.  In a study published in Rheumatology International, Castel et. al concluded that there is no real difference in response to multi modal treatment for fibromyalgia with respect to body weight/body mass index.







This is good news.....multi modal treatment of fibromyalgia seems to be equally effective for all, regardless of body weight.  It's a good idea to consult with your health care team about weight loss and exercise programs you would like to pursue, just to make sure they are right for your own personal circumstances.  






Sources:- *chronicfatigue.about.com
             *wikimedia; *pixabay

              
              

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