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Patients with RA, fibromyalgia less likely to achieve remission, low disease activity
By Shirley Pulawski
January 28, 2015
Patients with both rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia were less likely to achieve remission or low disease activity scores, according to finding presented recently.
The study comprised 697 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis from the ESPOIR cohort, a 10-year follow-up study of patients with early arthritis in France. Patients were recently diagnosed with early arthritis and not had not received disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Of the 697, 120 were diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FM) at baseline.
Fifteen years ago I came down with the flu that turned into a prolonged post-viral thingy which was eventually diagnosed as M.E. I recall being very relieved at the news as I feared it might be something long-term.
Basic research in the time of dial-up and land-lines revealed that this was a woefully misunderstood condition that only seemed to strike middle-class teens called Rachel or Isabelle and whose existence was actively disbelieved by many. This last part was more than a little confusing to me.
From being a normal lad who went out clubbing, drinking, watching City and failing hopelessly with girls I now found myself waking each morning with red stinging eyes as if I'd been up for three days straight. My head would be swirling with a thick pea souper that Jack the Ripper could run amok in while my legs were aflame with agony. I barely had enough strength to lift a brew and generally felt like I'd gone ten rounds with Carl Froch after calling his girlfriend a minger. All this struck each and every day in the first few minutes of consciousness and it usually went downhill fast from there. Yet apparently it was all a figment of my imagination.
The P2P published its Draft Report on December 18, 2014. The public was invited to submit comments until January 16, 2015. Many individuals and organizations had criticisms of the Draft Report, which they formally submitted. You can read some of these comments on Jennie Spotila’s blog, Occupy CFS.
The International Association of CFS/ME (IACFS/ME) is the largest international group the largest international group of clinicians, researchers, and other professionals dedicated to the care and research of patients with ME/CFS. Their membership includes all of the major clinicians and researchers in the field.
The priority seats meant to be used by people with disabilities are often taken by others who refuse to give them up. If a person has an invisible illness such as fibromyalgia, then it is almost impossible to convince others to move. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has released ads that state: “Not all disabilities are visible. That's why it's important to keep priority seating clear at all times.” These reminders are meant to help people who need the seats and often cannot get them.