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Who Does Fibromyalgia Affect?

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Presentation: Fibromyalgia
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Fibromyalgia affects 3 to 6 million people, or as many as 1 in every 50 Americans. 80 to 90 percent of those who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women, and most are diagnosed during middle age.
People with other conditions, such as:
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Lupus
• and ankylosing spondylitis
may be more likely to have fibromyalgia.
Genetics may also play a role in fibromyalgia. And women who have a family member with fibromyalgia may have a higher risk of developing the condition.
Other risk factors for fibromyalgia can include:
• Being exposed to physically or emotionally stressful or traumatic events, such as a car accident, surgery, or being deployed to war
• Having injuries to the body caused by performing the same action over and over again.

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