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  Oct 16, 2018

Who Gets Fibromyalgia?

At present there are 1 in 20 people worldwide that are affected with the chronic pain syndrome of fibromyalgia.

Along with pain these patients manifest a range of or other symptoms of varying severity including headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and anxiety, cognitive difficulties, fatigue and menstrual irregularities.

The condition can affect anyone of any age and sex, however, some people are more prone to this condition. These high risk vulnerable groups are based on:-


Women are at least seven times more likely than men to get fibromyalgia. In fact, between 80% and 90% of those affected by the syndrome are female.

Although hormonal hypotheses have been put forward as the cause of this condition, and to explain the female preponderance in prevalence, the exact cause for this gender prevalence is unknown.


The condition is commonly seen between the ages of 20 and 55 years among women. This is their reproductive period and diagnosis is typically made during this time.

The condition may also affect the elderly as well as children. Children may also develop fibromyalgia but may have a slower development and manifestation of symptoms.

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