Fibromyalgia is a complaint that is becoming more and more prevalent. It has been considered that its origin may involve emotional and sleep disorders, but very few reliable studies have been carried out on large population groups. This study has been designed to compare a group of patients with fibromyalgia with another group suffering from rheumatoid arthritis to assess their psychopathology and sleep disorders. The results show that patients with fibromyalgia present a higher general level of psychopathology, anxiety and depression than patients with rheumatoid arthritis who only suffer slight general psychopathology and depression but do not present anxiety. The study of the sleep enabled adopting a new method involving at-home studies under conditions that are much closer to reality than those of a hospital, as well as standardisation of an interview in reference to sleep for these patients, something that had never been done before. All patients showed a high level of oxygen desaturation, snoring and a high degree of sleep apnea in compliance with the criteria for OSAS. In addition, there was also a high prevalence of light sleep and a low prevalence reparatory deep sleep. There were no differences between fibromyalgia and arthritis in the sleep studies.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2004|
- Rheumatoid arthritis