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Prevalence of Falls in Fibromyalgia Patients

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By Sandra Adolph Meireles, et al. • • August 3, 2014

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OBJECTIVE: To compare the risk of falls in fibromyalgia (FM) patients compared to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and normal controls.

METHODS: We studied 60 FM, 60 RA patients and 60 controls for fall frequency in one week, one month, six months and one year. Patients were submitted to body mass index determination and balance evaluation through the Berg scale. Data on disease impact and depression were collected in FM patients through the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and the Beck Questionnaire.

RESULTS: FM patients had a higher frequency of falls than RA patients and control individuals in one month (p<0.0001), in six months (p<0.0001) and in one year (p<0.0001). No relationship was found between falls and body mass index, pain or depression scores. Falls in 12 months were associated with higher FIQ values.

CONCLUSION: FM patients fall more often than RA patients and control individuals.

Source: Acta Ortopedica Brasileira, 2014. By Sandra Adolph Meireles, Daniel Casagrande Antero, Marciane Maria Kulczycki and Thelma Larocca Skare. Physiotherapy Unit, Escola Dom Bosco, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, Physiotherapy Unit, Escola Dom Bosco, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, Escola Dom Bosco, Physiotherapy Unit, Curitiba, PR, Brazil; Rheumatology Unit, Hospital Universitário Evangélico, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, Rheumatology Unit, Hospital Universitário Evangélico, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, Hospital Universitário Evangélico, Rheumatology Unit, Curitiba, PR, Brazil.

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falls in Fibro patients
Posted by: Dodee59
Aug 5, 2014
We Fibro people already know we fall, stumble, and lose balance on higher level. Now WHY?
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Falls in FMS
Posted by: sylviae
Aug 27, 2014
I have severe FM, and also ostero arthritis, back problems that they won't "touch'.
I fall a lot, but it seems more like a ballance issue.
Have Myoclonus in both legs- have been tested- they have NO idea what is causing it.
The pain is not 'restless leg' they told me.All I know is that it was getting too painful to 'keep going' A Dr finally recommended a med., called 'REQUIP " THANK GOD!
It has helped- taken Q 4 hrs all day long! along with parafon forte. If this info helps ONE person, that's worth it to me.
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