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Who wouldn't age more rapidly with FM or ME/CFS. It sure feels like they're talking a toll. The evidence apparently suggests that, at least in FM, they are....
Curr Aging Sci. 2015 Jul 27. [Epub ahead of print]. Premature Aging in Fibromyalgia. Hassett AL1, Clauw DJ, Williams DA.
Chronic pain is highly prevalent in older adults, and until recently, was considered to be common but relatively "benign." Mounting evidence, however, suggests that some of the 116 million US adults who suffer from chronic pain are also at an increased risk for developing age-related diseases prematurely, suffering earlier cognitive and physical decline, and experiencing earlier mortality. Given the aging US population and the prevalence of chronic pain along with related healthcare consequences, there is a critical need to better understand the relationship between aging and chronic pain. Herein, we focus on one chronic pain state, fibromyalgia, and provide an overview of the evidence suggesting that individuals with this chronic pain condition show signs of premature aging.