How many people have fibromyalgia?

Ami Ben-Artzi, MD
Rheumatology
Fibromyalgia is believed to affect about 5 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 3.4% of women and 0.5% of men are living with the disease.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome, is a widespread health problem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 5 million Americans are living with fibromyalgia. It can be tough to diagnose, though: The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) says that it takes most people with the condition an estimated five years to get an accurate diagnosis.
Fibromyalgia, a chronic (ongoing) condition characterized by muscle pain and tenderness, fatigue and sleep problems, affects about 2% of the total population (or about 5 million adults). It affects around seven times more women than men. Children also can develop fibromyalgia, although most people are diagnosed during middle age.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia remains a mystery. But researchers have identified some factors that are associated with onset of the disease, including a genetic predisposition, emotional or physical trauma, obesity and certain illnesses.

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