So it overjoys me to read new research about my ailments. Especially when I find research that says the really lucky people who have both RA and fibro, have many more problems with RA than people without fibro.
One article is titled: Fibromyalgia Symptoms May Mimic High Disease Activity in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis. That title sort of says it all doesn't it? So even if I don't really have high disease activity, I will just feel like I do.
This article is from Egypt and is titled: The Impact of fibromyalgia on disease assessment in rheumatoid arthritis. I has some lovely charts and tables that compile the list of issues.
Somatic manifestations percentage (%) Patients
P value RAF (25) RA (25) Widespread pain 100 28 less than 0.001 Sleep disturbance 68 32 0.011 Fatigue 92 52 0.002 Morning stiffness 56 36 0.156 Headache 56 24 0.021 Depression 88 40 less than 0.001 Anxiety 72 40 less than 0.001 Parasthesia 76 32 0.002 Cognitive symptoms 56 16 0.003 Dysmenorrhea 20 20 1 Irritable bowel syndrome 16 4 0.157
- RAF: rheumatoid arthritis with concomitant fibromyalgia, RA: rheumatoid arthritis.
When I was diagnosed with both RA and fibro, my doctor told me I probably would not be able to tell which ailment caused which pain. Sometimes I can but sometimes I can't. And sometimes I just don't care.
But now that I know fibro makes my RA feel worse, I'm not going to suck it up. I think I should switch to chronic whininess. I think chronic whininess outweighs chronic pain. Some research news inspires whininess.