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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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Causes of lower back pain include –

  1. Mechanical issues
  2. Soft-tissue injuries 
  3. Damage to the intervertebral discs
  4. Compression of nerve roots
  5. Torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament.
  6. The result of poor posture 
  7. Lifting something awkwardly,
  8. Can be associated with feeling stressed or run down
  9. Having the condition Fibromyalgia
  10. Slipped disc – a disc of cartilage in the spine pressing on a nerve
  11. Sciatica – irritation of the nerve that runs from the lower back to the feet
  12. Ankylosing spondylitis – swelling of the joints in the spine
  13. Spondylolisthesis – a bone in the spine slipping out of position
  14. An infection
  15. Some type of cancer
  16. Cauda equina syndrome – where the nerves in the lower back become severely compressed
  17. Arthritis
  18. Osteoporosis
  19. Facet Joint damage
  20. Spinal stenosis
  21. Scoliosis
  22. Kidney infections
  23. Pregnancy
  24. Endometriosis
  25. Ovarian cysts
  26. Uterine fibroids
  27. Covid-19
  28. Prolonged state of immobility
  29. Osteopenia
  30. Pelvic inflammatory disease
  31. Lumbago
  32. Vitamin D deficiency
  33. Shingles
  34. Lyme disease
  35. Multiple Sclerosis
  36. Whiplash injury
  37. Being overweight
  38. Smoking
  39. Acid Reflux
  40. After C Section

Source: NHS Healthline Spine Health Spine Nevada Medline Plus Aspire Stanford Healthcare Cauda Equina UK London Spine Clinic Physio UK Scoliosis Association The Sun Spine Ortho Centre Avogel Chiro-Trust Self Growth Very Well Health EveryonesMD

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Back pain remains one of the most prevalent health problems and a leading cause of disability and has increased greatly during the pandemic.

  1. One of the main reasons was a lot fewer people went to the gym during the pandemic.

2. The ergonomics of working from home were greatly missed with people working from their beds or uncomfortable chairs on a daily basis, leaving many with back pain.

3. During the pandemic, people were also eating a lot more and being overweight increased the risk of back pain.

4. Back pain can also be one of the side effects of the pandemic. Healthline wrote that back pain caused by COVID-19 is often described as a deep pain instead of a sharp or stabbing pain that may accompany a sudden muscular injury. Pain caused by viral infections is also less likely to be eased by changing your posture than the pain caused by muscular injuries. Researchers are still trying to figure out how common it is.

5. A decrease in daily activities is another reason more people are suffering from back pain.

6. The stress of the pandemic and the increase in living costs is also a contributor to back pain as people’s muscles tighten and increase pain. When you have a lot of stress, that creates tension in your muscles. Untreated depression or anxiety can also add to increased pain.

An online survey in Malta done by Pub Med showed that “out of the 388 responders, 30% experienced chronic back pain pre-Covid-19, 49% experienced back pain since Covid-19, with the majority of the latter claiming that they never experienced back pain before Covid-19.

Source: Kera News Healthline, Pub Med