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Juvenile Fibromyalgia Symptoms Continue into Adulthood

Doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center investigating long-term outcomes of juvenile-onset fibromyalgia (JFM) in adolescents discovered that symptoms continue into adulthood for most patients.

The study reveals more than 80 percent of JFM patients show fibromyalgia symptoms as adults, such as higher pain, poorer physical function, greater anxiety and depressive symptoms, and a greater number of medical visits. “JFM is likely to be a long-term condition for many patients, and this study for the first time describes the wide-ranging impact of JFM on a variety of physical and psychosocial outcomes that seem to diverge from their same-age peers,” the authors of the study wrote.

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