Smoking and Fibromyalgia Pain

A study was recently published in the Journal of Pain where more than 6,000 women smokers were researched. These were women over 18 years old and smoked at different degrees or another.  What they were wanting to research was the coorelation between women smokers and chronic pain.

6,000 women is a pretty large number to study and survey. Much better than some of those lame studies where only 38 women were researched, and that 38 women are supposed to represent the U.S. women population. So, this was a more thorough study.

Here is what they found out:

In the survey, women reported chronic pain in the form of fibromyalgia, sciatica, chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, joint pain, chronic head pain, nerve problems, and pain all over the body. Huh? Maybe there is a coorelation?

Here’s more interesting stuff from the survey. The more you smoke, the worse it gets.  Former smokers showed a 20 percent increase, occasional smokers showed a 68 percent increase, and in daily smokers the odds more than doubled (104 percent).

Here is one more HUGE factor when you consider women smokers (HUGE!!).  Daily smoking was associated more strongly with chronic pain than older age, lower educational attainment, or obesity.

Can you believe that? Smoking is worse for you than getting old, your education level (kinda wierd), or being over weight.  Imagine if you are over weight, 50+, and a smoker! That’s a combination that spells more pain right there.

This survey and study was done by the University of Kentucky. Those who did the study came to the conclusion: “The study shows a strong relationship between heavy smoking and chronic pain in women.

What is missing from this study is the scientific evidence that says “Why???”

I’m not a rocket scientist, and I’m not a smoker, but common sense seems to tell me that smoking causes some kind of break down in the immune system and neuroligical system of the body. Smokers are in complete denial to say that it doesn’t effect their health.

Needless to say, if you have fibromyalgia symptoms and you are a smoker, you might want to give up smoking or learn to love the extra pain.

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