Pains throughout the body mainly in the muscles, tiredness, non-restorative sleep (the person wakes up tired) and other symptoms such as changes in memory and attention and depression. They may be signs of fibromyalgia. Although the disease is common, it is only diagnosed in 5% of patients. The rheumatologist Dr. Dra. Rafaela Gonçalves who participated in the Jota Ferreira program this Thursday (23).
According to the specialist, of every 10 patients with fibromyalgia, about nine are women and the reason why this happens is not known. “There doesn’t seem to be a relationship with hormones, as fibromyalgia affects women both before and after menopause,” he said.
According to the doctor, fibromyalgia usually appears in people aged between 30 and 60 years. And that the diagnosis of the disease is sometimes delayed because it can be confused with other more common diseases. “There is no examination for fibromyalgia to be detected immediately,” he said.
There are several studies underway to find out why fibromyalgia and what treatments to use. And according to rheumatologist Rafaela Gonçalves, in the pandemic the number of patients with suspected disease has increased. Because many are stressed, distressed and no longer practice physical exercises.