What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a subset of Arthritis that is characterized by long-term, wide-spread pain. It can interfere with pain processing, and can disturb sleep, resulting in fatigue and mental distress.
Why Should You Care?
2% of the U.S. population has Fibromyalgia
Most patients are diagnosed in middle age
Working age women who are hospitalized for fibro are 10x less likely to return to work
On average, patients lost 17 days of work, compared to 6 in people without fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia negatively impacts health-related life quality
Increases loss of work productivity
There are no known causes for fibromyalgia
While it's not exactly known what increases risk, there are a few possible risk factors
While there are no known cures, there are a few strategies to manage Fibromyalgia
For more information on support groups and materials, we recommend visiting the National Fibromyalgia Association