Widespread pain is considered the primary characteristic of fibromyalgia. It is estimated that 5 million Americans, 18 and over, have fibromyalgia. According to study results published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, researchers from the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University in Staffordshire determined that non-restorative sleep was linked to an increased risk of developing widespread pain. The study determined only that a link exists, but it did not assess if it was the cause.
In the study, which evaluated more than 4,300 adults over 50 years of age, anxiety, memory impairment, and poor physical health also were linked to a higher risk of developing widespread pain.
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