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Fibromyalgia At A Glance

  • Women make up the majority of fibromyalgia sufferers but men and children can also have this condition. Fibromyalgia goes undiagnosed in many men.
  • Most fibromyalgia patients are diagnosed during middle age.
  • A study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research reported that when asked to score their perceived present quality of life, fibromyalgia patients averaged a score of 4.8 (1 = low to 10 = highest).
  • Studies suggest that adults who have fibromyalgia are 3.4 times more likely to suffer from major depression than those who do not.
  • While the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, the journal Current Pain and Headache Reports suggests that traumatic events, such as car accidents, and repetitive injuries have been associated with the condition’s onset.


If you think you have fibromyalgia, don’t let anyone (doctors included) ever tell you that it’s all in your head—unless they mean literally! Check out this research from that shows how brains of sufferers differ from those without fibromyalgia.

“Researchers have detected abnormalities in the brains of people with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition whose symptoms include muscle pain and fatigue. Some researchers have suggested that the pain of fibromyalgia is the result of depression, but the new study suggests otherwise. The abnormalities were independent of anxiety and depression levels.

Researchers evaluated 20 women diagnosed with fibromyalgia and 10 healthy women without the condition who served as a control group. The researchers performed brain imaging called single photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT. The imaging showed that women with the syndrome had “brain perfusion”—blood flow abnormalities in their brains. The abnormalities were directly correlated with the severity of disease symptoms.”

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