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Sleep disturbances, fibromyalgia (FM) & primary Sjogren's syndrome

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By Tishler M, Barak Y, Paran D, Yaron M • www.ProHealth.com • January 20, 1997


OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association and prevalence of sleep
disturbances and fibromyalgia (FM) in a group of patients with
primary Sjogren's syndrome (pSS).

METHODS: Sixty-five patients
with pSS were investigated. A 10-point Mini Sleep
Questionnaire (MSQ) was completed focusing on sleep
complaints. The same questionnaire was also used in three
control groups: Group A-67 patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Group B-53 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and sicca
symptoms; Group C-31 patients with osteoarthritis. All
patients with pSS were also studied fro the presence of FM.

RESULTS: Moderate or severe sleep disturbances were reported
by 49 out of 65 pSS patients (75%). This frequency was
significantly higher than that reported by patients in the
three control groups (p < 0.001). FM was present in 36 out of
65 pSS patients (55%) and was associated with sleep
disturbances. FM or sleep disturbances were not associated
with any clinical or laboratory parameters.

CONCLUSION: Our
results suggest that sleep abnormalities and FM in pSS
patients are frequent and their etiology might involve other
mechanisms besides joint pain or sicca symptomatology.




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