Arthritis : Fibromyalgia-Related Ear Problems

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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Data detailed on Rheumatology have been presented. According to news reporting out of Tokyo, Japan, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "While fibromyalgia is frequently associated with ear-related symptoms such as feeling of ear fullness, earache, and tinnitus, the pathogenesis of these ear-related symptoms in fibromyalgia patients is unknown. Here, we focused on clarifying the pathogenesis of ear fullness, a particularly common symptom observed in fibromyalgia patients."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Nihon University School of Medicine, "Twenty patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia on outpatient psychosomatic treatment complaining of ear-related symptoms answered our questionnaire and underwent neurotological examination, including pure tone audiometry and Eustachian tube function testing. While ear-related symptoms were significantly exacerbated after onset of fibromyalgia, we noted no correlation between the presence or absence of feeling of ear fullness and abnormal findings on neurotological examination."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Given our findings, we suspect that onset of ear fullness may be associated not with abnormal findings in the middle and inner ear function tests but with other causes, such as central desensitization."

For more information on this research see: Why do patients with fibromyalgia complain of ear-related symptoms? ear-related symptoms and otological findings in patients with fibromyalgia. Clinical Rheumatology, 2013;32(10):1437-41. Clinical Rheumatology can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer -; Clinical Rheumatology -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting F. Iikuni, Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Nihon University School of Medicine, 30-1, Oyaguchi-kamicho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, 173-8610, Japan. Additional authors for this research include Y. Nomura, F. Goto, M. Murakami, S. Shigihara and M. Ikeda (see also Rheumatology).

Publisher contact information for the journal Clinical Rheumatology is: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA.

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