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MORE THAN 40% OF PATIENTS WITH LONG COVID ANNOUNCE ‘FIBROMYALGIA LIKE’ PAIN…

According to an article in Healio Rheumatology News more than 40% of patients with long covid report ‘Fibromyalgia like’ multi-site pain.

The data – the result of an observational retrospective database study of more than 50,000 patients with increased COVID symptoms – also showed that a high rate of participants reported opiate use.

Out of 1 million patients in the network who were diagnosed with COVID-19, about 52,000 demonstrated long COVID symptoms between 3 and 6 months following acute infection, the release said. Opioid use was observed in 36% of patients with multisite pain, compared with 19% of patients without multisite pain, according to the company. In addition, opioid use increased when fatigue (39%) or insomnia (50%) were present.

Read more details on the findings on Healio.

Fibromyalgia Resources also write that among patients who developed post-acute COVID-19(PACS) so-called “long COVID” – almost one-third reported clinical features of fibromyalgia. The study suggests that up to 30% of patients with PACS may satisfy the criteria for fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is not on the list of pre-existing conditions that appear to make COVID-19 more severe. However, some conditions that frequently overlap with fibromyalgia are autoimmune diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome. Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity are also included as risk factors.

Fibromyalgia – is a chronic condition, that many of my readers suffer from which causes pain throughout the body, accompanied by fatigue, sleep problems, and emotional or mental distress. Pain often can be aching or burning from head to toe, usually becoming more severe in the most frequently used parts of the body. They now say that Fibromyalgia usually occurs after physical trauma, psychological stress, infection or surgery. It is linked to the brain’s ability to process pain signals, which can cause the body to amplify painful sensations.

Source: Healio Fibromyalgia Resources NHS

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