Sunday, June 24, 2012

The role of benign joint hypermobility in the pain experience in Juvenile Fibromyalgia: an observational study

 – Source: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal, Jun 15, 2012

Background: Juvenile Fibromyalgia (JFM) is characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, and approximately 40% of children and adolescents with JFM also suffer from benign joint hypermobility (HM). It is not currently known if the presence of HM affects the pain experience of adolescents with JFM.

The objective of this study was to examine whether there were any differences in self-reported pain intensity and physiologic pain sensitivity between JFM patients with and without joint HM.

[Note: the full text of this article is available free here. Other research, in women with hypermobile joints (able to extend joints beyond what is considered 'normal'), found that 75% of them also suffer from migraines (“'Loose Joints’ Highly Associated with migraine.” Statistics also indicate that joint hypermobility often co-occurs with orthostatic intolerance and/or chronic fatigue syndrome.)]

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