You’ve probably heard commercials for fibromyalgia treatments, but if you don’t know anyone with the disorder, you’re probably not clear on exactly what it is. In general, it’s a chronic disorder that can cause fatigue and muscle pain throughout the entire body.
Here are 10 more things to know about fibromyalgia:
- Fibromyalgia affects about 3 percent of the U.S. population.
- It’s the most common chronic pain disorder in this country.
- Far more women than men are affected by fibromyalgia—3.4 percent of women suffer from it while .5 percent of men do.
- While fibromyalgia can be diagnosed in children and younger adults, it most often appears during middle age.
- Fibromyalgia is an “invisible disease” in that there are no outward symptoms, but it can affect every aspect of a sufferer’s life.
- One study estimates that patients spend $100-1,000 per month on out-of-pocket medical costs.
- As much as 1-2 percent of the nation’s overall productivity is lost due to fibromyalgia.
- People with the condition typically require hospitalization once every three years.
- Treatment includes medications, exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, and relaxation therapy. Sleep and Vitamin D may also help relieve symptoms.
- The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but factors may include a combination of genetics, infection, and trauma (physical or emotional).
Learn more about Fibromyalgia in our Care Guide. In the guide, you can read about doctors and specialists, tests and diagnosis, treatment options, questions to ask before your visit, and much more.
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Read additional posts on the Vitals.com blog about Fibromyalgia to get a better understanding of this condition.
Interested in even more details? View the following sources for extensive information: Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia Living Today, National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association