Do you lose strength in your hands? Fibromyalgia sufferers do

A common feature that most people with fibromyalgia presents is a diffuse pain that affects a large part of the body.

This disconcerting symptom is often accompanied by morning stiffness, numbness in the hands and feet, ie tingling and numbness, sleep disturbances and above all a feeling of fatigue and fatigue that accompanies them throughout the day.

This fatigue contributes to the fact that fibromyalgia has little effort tolerance that affects up to 90% of the patients. That is why a study carried out by a team from the University of Granada,

and published in January 2011 in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he analyzed the resistance of these patients on hand, to use it as a complementary tool in assessing the severity of fibromyalgia in women.

The objective was to determine the strength of the hand strength test, by discriminating between the presence and absence of fibromyalgia and its severity 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 help of a manual dynamometer. The women were classified according to the score obtained in: moderate fibromyalgia (<70) and severe fibromyalgia (70 or more). The results they observed were:

The resistance of the threshold force 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 hand strength resistance of 23.1 kg or less was associated with a 33.8 times greater probability of suffering fibromyalgia after the age limit.

In the fibromyalgia group, a hand force of 16.9 kg or less was associated with a 5.3-fold increased likelihood of suffering from severe fibromyalgia.

The conclusions presented by these researchers are: that strength of the 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 suggest that those women who do not meet these proposed standards can guide the doctor to make a good diagnosis,

since 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 everyday life is a disadvantage?

We hope you share your impressions with us, which we will send to our patient patients.


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