Fibromyalgia is also called Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). It is a long-term (chronic) condition that can cause widespread pain and tenderness over much of the body. It’s quite common – up to 1 person in every 25 may be affected.
As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have:
- Increased sensitivity to pain.
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness).
- Muscle stiffness.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Problems with mental processes such as memory and concentration; also referred to as “Fibro-fog”.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Quick Facts & Stats:
- One of the main reasons it’s not clear how many people are affected is because fibromyalgia can be a difficult condition to diagnose.
- There’s no specific test for the condition, and the symptoms can be similar to a number of other conditions
- Fibromyalgia affects around seven times as many women as men.
- The condition typically develops between the ages of 30 and 50, but can occur in people of any age, including children and the elderly.
- Although it’s not clear exactly how many people are affected by fibromyalgia. Some estimates suggest nearly 1 in 20 people may be affected by fibromyalgia to some degree; making it relatively common.