Hair calcium & magnesium levels in patients with fibromyalgia (FM): a case center study

BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is not an uncommon condition. Because its

cause has yet to be identified. treatment of the condition has

been empirical; frequently, outcomes are unsatisfactory. Some

patients with fibromyalgia were observed to have high hair

calcium and magnesium levels compared with healthy subjects.

Because of this and because supplementing calcium with

magnesium to fibromyalgia subjects reduced the number of

tender points detected by digital palpation, it is worth

investigating if patients with fibromyalgia have significantly

higher hair calcium and magnesium levels than their healthy

counterparts.

OBJECTIVES: To determine the degree of

difference between the hair calcium and magnesium levels in

patients with fibromyalgia and in healthy subjects.

METHODS:

The study was retrospective and of paired design. Twelve

patients who had hair analysis performed and met the criteria

of fibromyalgia defined by American College of Rheumatology

(1990) were selected consecutively from clinical files. These

patients were then matched by age and sex to 12 healthy

subjects selected consecutively from the same patient files

who had hair analysis performed for checkup purposes.

Nonparametric Wilcoxon rank sum tests were used to determine

if the hair calcium and magnesium levels in patients with

fibromyalgia were significantly higher than that of the

control subjects.

RESULTS: Wilcoxon rank sum tests showed that

patients with fibromyalgia had significantly higher calcium

and magnesium levels than the control subjects at alpha = .025

and .05, respectively.

CONCLUSION: In the presence of high

hair calcium and magnesium levels, calcium and magnesium

supplements may be indicated as an adjunctive treatment of

fibromyalgia.

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