Among the multiple symptoms that fibromyalgia sufferers present is diffuse pain that affects most of their body.
This very annoying and disabling symptom is accompanied by pain, joint stiffness, paresthesias in the hands and feet (tingling and numbness), insomnia, exhaustion and fatigue from which they do not recover even if they sleep or rest.
This intense exhaustion causes fibromyalgia patients to have very poor tolerance to exertion and that a normal activity for any healthy person is the cause of terrible exhaustion that will cost a lot of recovery for people with fibromyalgia.
A study from the University of Granada (Spain) published in 2011 in the Archives of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation magazine, analyzed the resistance that people with fibromyalgia present in their hands, in order to create a diagnostic tool that can be used to assess severity. of fibromyalgia in women.
The objective of the study was to determine through a resistance test in the hands the presence or absence of fibromyalgia and its severity.
81 women diagnosed with fibromyalgia and 44 healthy women participated in the study.
Force in the dominant hand was measured with a maximum isometric force test with a hand dynamometer. The women were classified according to the score obtained in two groups:
· Moderate fibromyalgia <70.
· Severe fibromyalgia 70 or more.
The observed results were:
The threshold for resistance to hand strength to determine the existence or absence of fibromyalgia was 23.1 kg.
The threshold for determining between severe fibromyalgia and moderate fibromyalgia was 16.9 kg.
A force resistance in the dominant hand of 23.1 kg. Or less, it was associated with having a 33.8 times greater probability of suffering fibromyalgia once the age parameter was defined.
In the group of women with diagnosed fibromyalgia, a hand resistance of 16.9 kg was associated. or less with a 5.3 times greater probability that your fibromyalgia was severe.
The study’s conclusions say that: resistance of the force in the hands is reduced in women with fibromyalgia and it is further reduced in the case of severe fibromyalgia.
This would be a good piece of information to bring to your doctor if you have noticed loss of strength in your hands or things are dropping to guide you and help you make a good diagnosis.