February 9th, 2012

Obesity Linked to Worse Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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Obese people are not only at greater risk for fibromyalgia, they are likely to experience more severe symptoms of the condition, such as chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance and mood disorders, according to a new study…"We see an association between body mass index with symptom severity and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia," study author Dr. Terry Oh, of Mayo Clinic's department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, said in a news release from the clinic. "This was the first study to look at distinct groups of obese patients and determine how weight correlates with levels of symptoms and quality of life."

HealthDay, by Mary Dallas, 02/08/2012

Additional coverage: US News & World Report, Post-Bulletin

Tags: Dr. Terry Oh, Fibromyalgia, PM&R, Research, Weight

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