A common feature that most fibromyalgia patients have is diffuse pain that affects a large part of the body. This disconcerting symptom is often accompanied by morning joint stiffness, paresthesias 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 fibromyalgia Rheumatic diseases have a weak tolerance to stress that affects up to 90% of patients. This is why a study conducted by a team at the University of Granada, and published in January 2011 in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, analyzed the resistance that these patients present in the hand, in order to be able to use it as a complementary tool in assessing the severity of Fibromyalgia Rheumatic Diseases in women.
The objective was to determine the strength of the hand strength test, discriminating between the presence and absence of Fibromyalgia Rheumatic Diseases 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 aid of a manual dynamometer.
The women were classified according to the score obtained in: moderate fibromyalgia (<70) and severe fibromyalgia (70 or more). The observed results were: The strength threshold 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 manual force of 23.1 kg or less was associated with a 33.8-fold greater probability of having Fibromyalgia Rheumatic Diseases after age delimitation. In the fibromyalgia group, a hand force strength of 16.9 kg or less was associated with a -divide greater likelihood of suffering from severe fibromyalgia.
The findings of these researchers are: that strength of the hand strength is reduced in women with rheumatic fibromyalgia as well as in those with severe fibromyalgia compared with their partners with moderate fibromyalgia rheumatic diseases. They also point out that women who do not comply with these standards proposed can guide the doctor to make a good diagnosis as it would be used as a useful and informative tool.