According to a 2003 published study in the Journal of Rheumatology:
- The total annual costs for fibromyalgia claimants were more than twice as high as the costs for the typical insurance beneficiary.
- The prevalence of disability among employees with fibromyalgia was twice as high as among all employees.
- For every dollar spent on fibromyalgia specific claims, employers spent approximately $50 -$100 on additional direct and indirect costs.
- Work and disability status of 1,668 people with fibromyalgia reported that 25% had received disability payments.
- Failure to diagnose a true case of fibromyalgia has its own costs, largely in excess general practitioner visits, investigations and prescriptions.
- Use of complementary and alternative medicine is two and a half times higher in people with fibromyalgia.