What Is the Average Age for Fibromyalgia?

Reviewed on 10/18/2021

Fibromyalgia can occur at any age, though the average age at diagnosis is between 35 to 45 years. Most people experience symptoms of fibromyalgia earlier in life, however.
Fibromyalgia can occur at any age, though the average age at diagnosis is between 35 to 45 years. Most people experience symptoms of fibromyalgia earlier in life, however.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and depression

Fibromyalgia can occur at any age, though the average age at diagnosis is between 35 to 45 years, but most people experience symptoms earlier in life. Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million adults in the U.S. and it is more common in women than in men. 

What Are Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

A fibromyalgia attack, or flare-up, is when symptoms of fibromyalgia temporarily increase in frequency or intensity. 

How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?

Fibromyalgia is diagnosed with a patient history and physical exam, along with tests such as: 

  • Blood tests
  • X-rays

Diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia may include:

  • A history of widespread pain and symptoms lasting more than 3 months
  • The number of areas throughout the body in which pain has occurred in the past week, based on the total of number of painful areas out of 19 parts of the body, plus the level of severity of these symptoms: 
    • Fatigue
    • Waking unrefreshed
    • Cognitive (memory or thought) problems
  • No other health problems that explain the pain and other symptoms

What Is the Treatment for Fibromyalgia?

Treatment for fibromyalgia may include: 

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Reviewed on 10/18/2021
References
https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm

https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/fibromyalgia#tab-overview

https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Fibromyalgia

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