Although fibromyalgia is more common in women, men can also be affected. Because fibromyalgia is generally thought of as a "woman's disease," it's often harder for a man to get diagnosed with fibromyalgia. An interesting study conducted at George Washington University and published in the journal Gender Medicine found that doctors who specialize in treating conditions such as fibromyalgia are less likely to diagnose it in men, often requiring more physical findings before they make the diagnosis than are required for women with the same symptoms. Among fibromyalgia symptoms, men tend to have fewer tender points and less fatigue than women.
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