A common feature that most patients with fibromyalgia is a diffuse pain that affects a large part of the body. This perplexing symptom often accompanies morning stiffness, paresthesia in the hands and feet, that is, a tingling sensation and numbness, sleep disturbances and, above all, a feeling of fatigue and fatigue that accompanies them. The whole day.
This fatigue contributes to the fact that fibromyalgia has a low tolerance to stress, affecting up to 90% of the patients. This is why a study conducted by a team at the University of Granada and published in January 2011 in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 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 assessing the severity of fibromyalgia in women. The objective was to determine the strength of resistance of the hand to discriminate between the presence and absence of fibromyalgia and the severity of fibromyalgia in 81 women with the disease and 44 women in good health. They measured the resistance of the force in the hand with a maximum test of isometric force using a manual dynamometer. The women were classified according to the score obtained in: moderate fibromyalgia (<70) and severe fibromyalgia (70 or more). The results observed were the following: to discriminate between the presence and absence of fibromyalgia and its severity in 81 women with the disease and 44 healthy women.
The results observed were as follows:
The resistance threshold in the hand that best differentiated the presence and absence of fibromyalgia was 23.1 kg.
The threshold that best distinguishes between severe and moderate fibromyalgia was 16.9 kg.
A manual force of 23.1 kg or less was associated with a higher probability of 33.8 having fibromyalgia after age delineation.
In the fibromyalgia group, a manual force of 16.9 kg or less was associated with a 5.3-fold increased likelihood of suffering from severe fibromyalgia.
The findings 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 point out that women who do not meet these proposed standards can guide the doctor to make a proper diagnosis because it would be used as a useful and informative tool. Have you noticed that you have less strength and strength in your hands than your friends / family? In what aspects of daily life do you find a disability? We hope you share your impressions with us, which we receive from our network members.