Fibromyalgia Increases Pain and Fatigue for Pregnant Women

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Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia

Pregnant women with fibromyalgia (FM) experience significant pain, fatigue and psychological stress, symptoms that are often misdiagnosed or undertreated as a normal part of pregnancy, according to a pilot study by Karen M. Schaefer, D.N.Sc., R.N., assistant professor of nursing at Temple University's College of Health Professions. Her research, the first to look at the impact of pregnancy on women with FM, was recently presented at the 2006 Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses' convention in Baltimore.

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition commonly found in women that causes pain in the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Many sufferers feel weak from fatigue, and the condition, at its worst, can lead to disability.

"Until now, there was only anecdotal evidence suggesting that women with

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