How common Is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that affects 2% of the American population and is mainly found in women. Watch this Ask the Experts video to learn more from Dr. Randy P. Martin about fibromyalgia.
It's commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20 to 50. Although, it increases in its frequency as people age.
It's estimated that about 2%-- some say even 4%-- of the American population have fibromyalgia. That translates to about 10 million people
who have fibromyalgia. Interestingly, it's much more common in women, a 9-to-1 ratio. That means for every 10 people that have it, nine of them
are women. It tends to run in families.
As I've said, it's a genetic-- probably has a genetic incidence. And it's commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20 to 50.
Although, it increases in its frequency as people age.
So what's the prognosis or the outlook as we speak in medicine? Well, it's not a degenerative disease. So it doesn't mean that you're going
to get a lot worse with it. And fortunately, it's not fatal, but unfortunately there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but it can be managed.
So it's more common in women. It does affect a lot of our population and can be managed.
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