A common characteristic that most fibromyalgia sufferers have is diffuse pain that affects a large part of the body.
This so disconcerting symptom is usually accompanied by morning joint stiffness, paresthesias in the hands and feet, that is to say tingling and numbness, sleep disturbances and especially a feeling of fatigue and fatigue that accompanies them throughout the day.
This fatigue contributes to fibromyalgics having a poor tolerance to effort affecting up to 90% of patients. That is why a study conducted by a team from the University of Granada,
and published in January 2011 in the 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 the evaluation of the severity of fibromyalgia in women.
The objective was to determine the capacity of the strength resistance test in the hand, when 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 test of maximum isometric force, with the help 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 they observed were:
The threshold of strength resistance 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 resistance of the force in the hand of 23.1 kg or less was associated to have a 33.8 times greater probability of suffering from fibromyalgia after delimiting the age.
In the fibromyalgia group, a resistance of hand strength of 16.9 kg or less was associated with a 5.3 times higher probability of suffering from severe fibromyalgia.
The conclusions presented by these researchers are: that the resistance of the force in the hand is reduced in women with fibromyalgia, as well as in those with severe fibromyalgia with respect to their partners with moderate fibromyalgia. They also point out that those women who do not meet these proposed standards can guide the doctor in order to make a good diagnosis,
since it would be used as a useful and informative tool. Have you noticed that you have less resistance and strength in your hands than your friends / family? In what aspects of everyday life does a handicap involve you?
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