Another study was recently conducted to try and learn more about Fibromyalgia. In this particular study, researchers were trying to determine the physical function level of women with Fibromyalgia.
The researchers used data that was comprised bya National Fibromyalgia Association survey. The 1,735 women who responded to the survey ranged in age from 31 – 78 who had received a Fibromyalgia diagnosis from a physician.
The results were very revealing on just how debilitating Fibromyalgia can be:
- Over 25% of women reported having a difficult time taking care of their own personal needs and bathing.
- More than 60% of the women reported having difficulty doing light household chores, climbing and going down just one flight of stairs, walking 1/2 mile and lifting or carrying 10 pounds.
- More than 90% reported having difficulty doing heavy household chores, doing any strenuous activity and carrying/lifting 25 pounds.
- The women who reported having lower functional ability stated that they had higher levels of fatigue, pain, depression, restless legs syndrome, dizziness, balance problems, fear of falling and bladder problems.
The conclusion of the study found that:
- The average woman reported having less functional ability related to activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living than the average woman in her 80s.
- Several symptoms and conditions were found to be associated with functional limitation in Fibromyalgia women.