01/6All you need to know about fibromyalgia in long COVID patients

All you need to know about fibromyalgia in long COVID patients

Although the number of coronavirus cases have dropped down and many have received their COVID vaccines, the long term risks posed by the deadly SARs-COV-2 virus continues to raise concerns all over the world.


Long COVID, also known as post-COVID syndrome has affected many and continues to leave a dent on people's lives and livelihoods. While a person recovers from the respiratory illness, they continue to battle the lingering symptoms, such as fatigue, persistent cough, weakness, and more.


Read more: Coronavirus: 4 groups at the highest risk of long COVID, as per studies


As per experts, another ailment that has impacted a lot of post-Covid patients is fibromyalgia, which is leading to muscular pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances. Here's a detailed account of everything you need to know about this condition.

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02/6What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition characterized by widespread muscle pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood-related disorders, memory problems and more. While the symptoms of fibromyalgia may resemble that of arthritis, unlike arthritis, the former does not cause joint or muscle inflammation. It only affects the soft tissue and not the joints.

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03/6How prone are long COVID patients to fibromyalgia?

How prone are long COVID patients to fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that has been reported in many of the patients who have recovered from the coronavirus. Long term complications have remained a challenge for many people and fibromyalgia is yet another painful ailment.


According to an Italian study based on a web survey, out of 600 patients, 30.7 percent fit the category for a fibromyalgia diagnosis laid down by the American College of Rheumatology at a mean of 6 months after having had COVID-19.


The researchers wrote, "In light of the overwhelming numbers of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, it is reasonable to forecast that rheumatologists will face a sharp rise in cases of a new entity that we defined as 'FibroCOVID'."


Read more: Can the Vaccinated Develop Long Covid After a Breakthrough Infection?

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04/6What causes such a condition in long haulers?

What causes such a condition in long haulers?

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) found that about 5 million adults aged 18 years and above in the United States experience fibromyalgia, and 80 to 90 percent of fibromyalgia patients are women.


In terms of long COVID patients, many factors can contribute to the risk of developing fibromyalgia. Being obese, having received to intensive care or being treated with supplemental oxygen while dealing with COVID-19 are some of the risk factors or fibromyalgia in post COVID patients.


While the exact cause is not known, experts also believe that it could be genetic.

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05/6Symptoms to watch out for

Symptoms to watch out for

Fibromyalgia can be identified by its wide range of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are muscle pain, sleeplessness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain. It may be accompanied with other ailments such as difficulties with memory and concentration, also known as brain fog, anxiety, headache, numbness in hands and feet, irritable bowel syndrome and more.

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06/6Can fibromyalgia be treated?

Can fibromyalgia be treated?

While fibromyalgia can be painful and discomforting, it can be treated and is manageable. Given that every patient suffers with varying symptoms, the treatments may differ accordingly.


Some of the most common treatments that can help you overcome fibromyalgia are as follows.


- Regular exercises

- Meditation

- Physical therapy and acupuncture

- Massage

- Focus on a healthy and a proper diet

- Avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption and leading a sedentary life

- Improve your sleep

- While fibromyalgia can increase your risk of anxiety and depression, do not shy away from seeking support.


Please note that you consult a doctor before making any decisions associated with the treatments.

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