Fibromyalgia is a condition that could qualify patients for disability benefits. While women, in general, have a greater risk of developing symptoms of fibromyalgia than men, some women have an amplified risk of developing the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
According to the results of a new study, women with a history of suffering domestic violence are at a higher risk for both fibromyalgia as well as chronic fatigue supreme. The researchers used the risks of developing functional syndromes like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome for women with a history of domestic abuse and compared these results with the rates of those not exposed to domestic partner violence. They found that the risk of developing fibromyalgia was 1.63 for every 1000 person-years for women who were exposed to domestic abuse, compared to 0.83 for women who did not suffer domestic abuse. In the case of chronic fatigue syndrome, similar results were seen. The risk was 0.32 for every 1000 person-years for women exposed to violence in the home, compared to a rate of 0.18 in the category of women who did not have a history of suffering domestic abuse.
The researchers blame the mental strain brought on by domestic abuse for the difference in the risks of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Stress is a major risk factor for fibromyalgia. A family history of the condition, obesity, frequent illness, and infections are all other possible risk factors that exacerbate a woman’s risk of fibromyalgia.