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In our previous study, we observed that the presence of autoimmune thyroid disease worsens fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms. The aims of this study are to evaluate whether there is a predisposition for the development of FM in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) with or without subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) and in patients with SCH alone and what is the(More)
Our objectives were to investigate thyroid abnormalities and autoimmunity in 120 patients affected by fibromyalgia (FM) and to study their relationships with clinical data and symptoms. Thyroid assessment by means of antithyroglobulin antibodies, antithyroid peroxidase antibodies, free triiodo-thyronine, free thyroxine, and thyroid stimulating hormone(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to analyze if alterations of peripheral-type benzodiazepine receptor (PBR) characteristics occurred in platelet membranes of patients affected by primary fibromyalgia (FM). DESIGN AND METHODS Platelets were obtained from 30 patients with FM. Evaluation of kinetic parameters of PBR was performed using [(3)H](More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are characterized by increased arterial stiffness, an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk. It has been suggested that osteopontin (OPN), a cytokine involved in RA pathogenesis, might have vascular effects. To study a possible relationship between OPN and arterial stiffness, aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) was(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed at investigating the impact of lifetime manic spectrum symptoms on the severity of pain and the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS One hundred and sixty-seven patients with FM, assessed according to the ACR criteria, were consecutively enrolled. Psychiatric diagnoses were carried out(More)
Many researchers are studying fibromyalgia to identify objective, measurable biomarkers that may identify the patients, for the purpose of diagnosis or to measure the disease activity. The recent literature proposes instrumental or molecular biomarkers, but several of these are only useful for research purposes. Concentrated efforts to systematically(More)
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) is a chronic, generalised pain condition usually accompanied by several associated symptoms, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, headache, irritable bowel syndrome and mood disorders. Different medical treatments are used to treat fibromyalgia and the recent guidelines suggest that the optimal treatment consists in a(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the role of spasmophilia (SP) in fibromyalgia syndrome (FM). METHODS Three hundred and fourteen patients (280 F, 34 M) with a diagnosis of FM or FM and spasmophilia (FM+SP) were recruited. Clinical assessment of patients and controls included the Questionnaires FIQ, HAQ and the tender point (TP) count. Life-time or ongoing(More)
OBJECTIVE Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by the presence of chronic widespread pain throughout the musculoskeletal system and diffuse tenderness. Unfortunately, no laboratory tests have been appropriately validated for FM and correlated with the subsets and activity. The aim of this study was to apply a proteomic technique in saliva of FM patients: the(More)
INTRODUCTION Several studies carried out mainly in North America revealed high rates of mood, anxiety and sleep disorders in patients with fibromyalgia (FM), while the information in other countries is scant. Therefore, we aimed at investigating the prevalence and the impact of such conditions on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and the severity(More)