A common feature that most patients with fibromyalgia is a widespread pain that affects a large part of the body. This disconcerting symptom often accompanies morning stiffness, paresthesias in the hands and feet, namely, tingling and numbness, sleep disturbances and above all a sense of tiredness and the fatigue that accompanies them. All day
This fatigue contributes to fibromyalgia with a low tolerance to stress that affects up to 90% of patients. This is why a study conducted by a team from the University of Granada and published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in January 2011, analyzed the resistance of the hands of these patients. To be used as a complementary tool to assess the severity of fibromyalgia in women.
To be used as a complementary tool in the assessment of the severity of fibromyalgia in women. The goal was to determine resistance of the resistance hand, discriminating between the presence and absence of fibromyalgia and the severity of fibromyalgia in 81 women with the disease and 44 healthy women. They measure the resistance of force in the hand with a maximum isometric force test, using a hand dynamometer. Women were classified according to the score obtained in: moderate fibromyalgia (<70) and severe fibromyalgia (70 or more). The results observed were the following: discrimination between the presence and absence of fibromyalgia and its severity in 81 women with the disease and 44 healthy women.
The results observed were the following:
The resistance threshold in the hand that best distinguished between presence and absence of fibromyalgia was 23.1 kg.
The threshold that best distinguishes between severe and moderate fibromyalgia was 16.9 kg.
A hand force of 23.1 kg or less was associated with a greater probability of 33.8 having fibromyalgia after age definition.
In the fibromyalgia group, a hand force of 16.9 kg or less was associated with a 5.3-fold higher probability of suffering from severe fibromyalgia.
The results of these researchers are: Resistance to hand strength is reduced in women with fibromyalgia, as well as in those with severe fibromyalgia compared to their partners with moderate fibromyalgia.
They also stress that women who do not comply with these proposed standards can guide the doctor to make an appropriate diagnosis, since it would be used as a useful and informative tool. Did you notice that you have less strength and strength in your hands than your friends / family? In which aspects of daily life do you think of a disability? We hope you share your impressions with us, which we will receive from members of our network.