The following is an extract from:
Fibromyalgia and the MindBodySpirit Connection
by William B. Salt II, MD and Edwin H. Season, MD

Millions of People Are Affected

A study published recently in a medical journal indicates that fibromyalgia affects 2 percent of people in the United States. Fibromyalgia is ten times more common in women than in men. There is a progressive increase in the prevalence with age, such that about 7 percent of women 70 years of age are affected (Arthritis and Rheumatism, 1995).

Major Women's Health Problem

Most of the millions of Americans who suffer from fibromyalgia are women. Fibromyalgia is the most common cause of generalized musculoskeletal pain in women between the ages of 20 and 55. Fibromyalgia is the second most common diagnosis made by rheumatologists. It is a major women's health issue and receives considerable media attention in newspapers, magazines, radio, and television.

Fibromyalgia: Worldwide Problem

Fibromyalgia has been described in most countries of the world. It does not appear to be related to ethnicity and is not a problem related to colder climates.

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