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Fibromyalgia Syndrome

How Common Is It?

FMS affects 3 million to 6 million people, or as many as 1 in every 50 Americans. For unknown reasons, between 80 percent and 90 percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women; however, men and children also can be affected. Most people are diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome during middle age, though the symptoms often become present earlier in life.
 
People with certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus), or ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis) may be more likely to have fibromyalgia syndrome as well.
 
Several studies indicate that women who have a family member with FMS are more likely to have fibromyalgia themselves, but the exact reason for this is unknown. Fibromyalgia syndrome could have a hereditary component (having to do with a certain gene or genes that family members have in common) or it could be linked to factors in the environment.
 

More Information on Fibromyalgia Syndrome

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