- Q How common is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia isn't all that common. In the United States, it only affects about 5 million people, the majority of whom are women. More specifically, more than 80 percent of fibromyalgia cases are diagnosed in females. The disorder is also more common in... Full Answer
- Q What are the 18 tender points used to diagnose fibromyalgia?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineThe 18 tender points or trigger points used to diagnose fibromyalgia are scattered all over the body. Tender points are found on the neck, shoulder blades, lower back, elbows, buttocks, knees, and other areas. These tender points are quite small, but a... Full Answer
- Q What fibromyalgia symptoms are serious enough for me to see a doctor?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyCheck with your doctor if you have widespread muscle pain, achiness, poor sleep, fatigue, depression, and an inability to concentrate (fibro fog). Still, a fibromyalgia diagnosis is not an easy one to make. You may look like a million bucks,... Full Answer