Researchers aiming to find relation between fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Scientists are currently conducting studies to evaluate whether there is a predisposition for the development of fibromyalgia (FM) in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), according to ProHealth.

Researchers will study 52 patients, 39 of which are affected by HT, as well as 25 healthy subjects.

Clinical assessment of patients and controls included use of the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, while pain severity was evaluated using a visual analogue scale. Patients and controls were also characterized by the presence of pain, fatigue, paresthesiae, muscle spasms, non-restful sleep, tension headache and presence of mood disorders.

Based on the data, researchers speculate that there is more than a hypothesis regarding the cause-effect relation between thyroid autoimmunity and the presence of FM, thus suggesting a hypothetical role of thyroid autoimmunity in FM pathogenesis, according to the news source.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 5.8 percent of Hashimoto's thyroiditis sufferers are female and 3.4 percent are male.