Premature Aging in Fibromyalgia

Author(s): Afton L. Hassett, Daniel J. Clauw, David A. Williams

Journal Name: Current Aging Science

Volume 8 , Issue 2 , 2015

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Chronic pain is highly prevalent in older adults, and until recently, was considered to be common but relatively “benign.” Mounting evidence, however, suggests that some of the 116 million US adults who suffer from chronic pain are also at an increased risk for developing age-related diseases prematurely, suffering earlier cognitive and physical decline, and experiencing earlier mortality. Given the aging US population and the prevalence of chronic pain along with related healthcare consequences, there is a critical need to better understand the relationship between aging and chronic pain. Herein, we focus on one chronic pain state, fibromyalgia, and provide an overview of the evidence suggesting that individuals with this chronic pain condition show signs of premature aging.

Keywords: Aging, chronic pain, morbidity, mortality, telomeres.

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Year: 2015
Page: [178 - 185]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1874609808666150727112214
Price: $65

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