Daily Record-Keeping May Boost Fibromyalgia
THURSDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Daily electronic records of
symptoms can help fibromyalgia patients and their doctors better
understand the condition, a new study shows.
Researchers gave 81 women with fibromyalgia a personal digital
assistant (PDA) device. The patients used their PDA to report pain,
sleep problems, emotional distress and other issues three times a
day for 30 days.
The researchers at the University of Utah and University of
Washington believed that this ability to immediately report
symptoms would prove more effective than asking patients to recall
symptoms at their periodic visits with their doctors.
The study is published in the January issue of
The Journal of Pain.
The results showed that being able to analyze several measures
of multiple symptoms over time can help clarify relationships among
symptoms, the researchers said in a news release from the American
Pain Society. For example, the records kept by patients in this
study showed that: previous pain is a significant predictor of both
fatigue and emotional distress; prior worsening of fatigue predicts
current increased pain; and a previous rise in emotional distress
predicts current fatigue.
The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more
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