Who Gets Fibromyalgia? (video)

Characteristics of Fibromyalgia

The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown and is difficult to treat.  It is characterized by chronic pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.  Of those people with fibromyalgia, most are women.  Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, but women are seven times more likely than men to suffer from the syndrome.

Fibromyalgia generally occurs between the ages of 20 to 50 and the risk increases with age.  People who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or autoimmune diseases, like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or anklyosing spondylitis have a greater risk of developing fibromyalgia.

Other Risk Factors 

Insomnia and sleep problems are a risk factor for fibromyalgia.  People who consistently get a good night’s sleep are less likely to develop fibromyalgia than someone with chronic insomnia.  People with fibromyalgia have fluctuating levels of Serotonin, which helps regulate sleep and mood.  Low levels of this brain chemical can make you overly sensitive to pain.

Although we do not know what causes fibromyalgia or how to prevent it, we do know those living with it share these traits or risk factors.


This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.