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Abstract: The Role of Tendinitis in Fibromyalgia Syndrome

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www.ProHealth.com • September 2, 2003


Yonsei Med J. 2003 Aug;44(4):619-622.  Genc H, Saracoglu M, Duyur B, Erdem HR.  S.B. Ankara Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi 2. Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Klinigi, 06340 Cebeci, Ankara, Turkey. hakangenc06@hotmail.com

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FS) is a common disease characterized by diffuse, widespread pain and multiple tender points. The syndrome has been subclassified as primary (PFS) and secondary (SFS) fibromyalgia.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of common tendinitis (rotator cuff tendinitis, bicipital tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis, De-Quervain's tendinitis and pes anserinus tendinitis) in FS. Twenty female patients with PFS, 20 with SFS and 20 female controls, matched by age and body mass index, participated in the study. Existence of common tendinitis was evaluated with specific examination methods. Right and left rotator cuff tendinitis, pes anserinus tendinitis and left lateral epicondylitis were significantly more common in patients with PFS and SFS than in control subjects.

As a result, considering the central hyperexcitability present in the fibromyalgia patients, concomitant pathologies such as tendinitis which lead to shoulder, arm, and leg pain must be evaluated. Follow up and therapy for the disease must be planned according to these factors which are not only probable symptoms of FS, but also leading causes for the occurence and continuity of the pain in this disease.

PMID: 12950117 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]




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