A new fibromyalgia study suggests men with fibromyalgia, a neurologic condition with predominant chronic widespread pain and other symptoms, experience more sleep and breathing disorders than women with the condition.
Fibromyalgia is a presumptive condition for the purposes of VA disability claims for U.S. veterans with qualifying Gulf War service. Recent research suggests there may be important differences between civilians who suffer from fibromyalgia and 1991 Gulf War veterans who experience chronic widespread pain and meet a research case definition of Gulf War Illness.
Respiratory-sleep disorders are commonly reported in the 1991 Gulf War veteran community. The rate of their prevalence is unknown because VA monitors very little regarding the prevalence of medical conditions or mortality among veterans of the 1991 Gulf War.
VA medical centers are able to conduct sleep studies for veterans with suspected sleep disorders, which if treated could improve quality of life and other health factors.
SOURCE: Healio Rheumatology