Young fibromyalgia patients report worse quality of life and symptoms than older patients, researchers found recently in a Mayo Clinic study. While most often striking women, fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain with fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. The recent research, which is being presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, suggests the disorder acts differently among different age groups.
"Among the three age groups of young, middle-aged and older, symptom severity and quality of life differs," says senior author Terry Oh, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Researchers studied 978 fibromyalgia patients and divided them into three age groups: those 39 or younger, those 40 to 59, and those 60 or older. The younger and middle-aged patients were likelier to be employed, unmarried, smokers and have a higher education level, lower body mass index, more abuse history and a shorter duration of fibromyalgia symptoms than older patients.
Source: Mayo Clinic News Network.