A common feature that most fibromyalgia patients have is diffuse pain that affects a large part of the body. This disconcerting symptom is often accompanied by morning articular stiffness,
Paresthesias in the hands and feet, ie tingling and numbness, sleep disturbances and above all a feeling of tiredness and fatigue that accompanies them throughout the day. This tiredness contributes to fibromyalgia have a poor tolerance to stress affecting up to 90% of patients.
This is why a study carried out by a team of the University of Granada, and published in January 2011 in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, analyzed the resistance that these patients present in the hand, to be able to use it as a complementary tool In assessing the severity of fibromyalgia in women.
The objective was to determine the strength of the strength test in the hand, in discriminating between the presence and absence of fibromyalgia and the severity of the same in 81 women with the disease and 44 healthy women.
They measured the resistance of the force in the hand with a maximum isometric force test, with the aid of a hand 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 strength threshold in the hand that best discriminates between the presence and absence of fibromyalgia was 23.1 kg.
The threshold that best discriminates between severe and moderate fibromyalgia was 16.9 kg.
A strength of the hand force of 23.1 kg or less was associated with a 33.8-fold higher probability of having fibromyalgia after age delimitation.
In the fibromyalgia group, a strength of the hand force of 16.9 kg or less was associated with a 5.3-fold higher probability of suffering from severe fibromyalgia.
The conclusions of these investigators are: that resistance of the force in the hand 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 those women who do not comply with these proposed standards can guide the doctor to make a good diagnosis, as it would be used as a useful and informative tool.
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