Fibromyalgia and the Relevance of the Whole-Body Vibration Exercises in Vibratory Platforms: A Short Review
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the secretion of growth hormone in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS Serum concentrations of growth hormone (24 h profiles), insulin-like growth factor I (IGF), and IGF binding protein-3 were determined in 10 women with FM and in 10 healthy controls. Quality of sleep was assessed by means of a visual analog scale. RESULTS Sleep was significantly more disturbed in the patients than in controls. A significantly lower secretion of growth hormone was found in the patients in comparison with healthy controls. CONCLUSION These results suggest that growth hormone secretion is decreased in patients with FM. Substitution therapy with low doses of growth hormone may be worth evaluating in the treatment of FM.