Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects millions of people from around the world. The condition exhibit various symptoms and most are common to other conditions. This is exactly what makes fibromyalgia mysterious, and is often misdiagnosed.
Younger Women Are More Affected By Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Although fibromyalgia is not really a gender-exclusive condition, there are many more women diagnosed with the syndrome than men. Women from all age groups could be affected, including both young and old.
However, recent study shows that younger women are actually more affected by Fibromyalgia than other age groups. This discovery comes as a surprise especially since older patients are prone to poorer health condition in which symptoms should affect more severely. Contrary to the thought, even though the same symptoms appear both in older and younger women, the younger ones often perceive them stronger and have less endurance for them.
Another interesting factor found in the same study is that the younger fibromyalgia participants of the survey are actually smokers and have a relatively lower, hence healthier, BMI.
Fibromyalgia and Physical Health Condition
Fibromyalgia is strongly linked to the physical health condition of a patient. One theoretical cause of the pain syndrome is argued to be due to poor dietary intake and lack of physical exercise hence resulting in weight issues. According to researchers from the Pain management Center, at University of Utah, patients being overweight or have unhealthy BMI, can worsen symptoms and pain sensitivity significantly in fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. Since weight and BMI is an important contributor to severity of fibromyalgia symptoms, it is surprising to find that younger pain patients with healthier weight suffer more severe symptoms than older pain patients.
Younger Age Groups Suffer More Severe Symptoms but For a Shorter Period
The same study suggesting younger patients are more affected by fibromyalgia have also shown, on the other hand, that although younger patients suffer worse symptoms, they have them for a shorter period as compared to older patients.
The fact that new discoveries are being made regularly should be good news for all fibro sufferers since the syndrome is still poorly understood. The same study has linked the pain syndrome to a history of abuse and chronic depression.
As of the moment, medical professionals and researchers have not yet reached a final decision when it comes to the main causes behind Fibromyalgia.