Negative social comparison refer to a condition where patients negatively compare themselves with other people. The results often lead to negative emotions that can make the symptoms of fibromyalgia even more severe.
Findings from a Canadian study support the theory that negative social comparison in fibromyalgia can worsen symptoms. In addition, the study also suggests that psychosocial and biological factors may trigger excessive pain in the body. This is common among patients suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms. Thus, experts believe that psychosocial and biological interventions may help treat fibromyalgia.
The study, done by a team of Canadian researchers, appeared in the Plos One journal. It aimed to determine the role of personal relative deprivation in fibromyalgia symptoms.