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FMS Symptoms – continuation
CNS Symptoms

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Mental Symptoms

Fibromyalgia affects mental health of pateints, their spouses, and families. According to different sources 20 to 70 % of patients reveal psychopathological symptoms like tension, anxiety, personality disturbances, psychasthenia, schizophrenia and depression. Some authors believe that these symptoms, along with vegetative and functional symptoms, are an inherent part of fibromyalgia symptoms, and their presence is the result of genetic predisposition. Fibromyalgia is quite often, however wrongly, seen as a kind of "pain mask of depression". The absence of tender points in depression is a differentiating element between these two diseases.

GI tract symptoms

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common gastrointestinal condition, which is present in 8-20% of the general population. Several population-based studies have demonstrated IBS symptoms to be more common in women, with prevalence ratios ranging from 2 to 3:1. It has been estimated to affect 14-24% of women and 5-19% of men. The classic gastrointestinal symptoms of IBS are chronic or recurrent abdominal pain and/or discomfort and associated alterations in bowel habits. However, many individuals with IBS also suffer from nongastrointestinal symptoms.

Rheumatologic symptoms, such as skin rashes, muscle contraction headache and myalgias, have been reported in two-thirds of IBS patients. Previous studies have found that IBS typically overlaps with fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) in the same patient, suggesting a common cause. FM occurs in up to 60% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Up to 70% of patients with a diagnosis of FM have symptoms of IBS.

Genito-Urinary Symptoms

These genito-urinary symptoms, however very confusing, may appear much more often in fibromyalgia patients than in average population. In the figure one can see this relationship.

Female Urethral Syndrome (FUS), Irritable Bladder and Urethral Pain are approx. 30 times more often prevalent in fibromialgia as compared to the whole population. Interstitial Cystitis 50 times more often and Vulvodynia considerably more often in FMS patients. Click the nearby figure to magnify it.



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