In the study summarized below, 13% of all women with psoriasis were found to have fibromyalgia, and another 14% had fibromyalgia-like symptoms. Clearly this represents a substantial increase in the rate of fibromyalgia among those with psoriasis vs. the incidence of fibromyalgia in the general population.
The higher incidence of fibromyalgia among those with psoriasis may be attributed to the fact that psoriasis is associated with elevated levels of IL-8, a pro-inflammatory cytokine that appears to be a risk factor for developing fibromyalgia.
The prevalence of fibromyalgia among patients with psoriasis.
Summary of the Abstract
This study investigated the prevalence of fibromyalgia in patients with psoriasis.
Approximately 13% of all women with psoriasis were found to have fibromyalgia, and an additional 14% had symptoms of widespread pain similar to fibromyalgia, but without meeting formal diagnostic criteria.
Fibromyalgia, and diffuse body pain is common among women with psoriasis.