Are fibromyalgia symptoms different between men and women? #blogboost

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Dr. Mehmet Oz Answered: We don’t know yet whether there are clear gender differences in fibromyalgia symptoms. Many more women than men have fibro, and some researchers have suggested that more men may actually have it than we know, because some men don’t fit into the classic tender points scale. However, recent studies have failed to find any statistically significant differences between the way men and women experience fibromyalgia symptoms.

Dr. Michael Roizen Answered: It is unknown whether men and women with fibromyalgia have the same symptoms. According to a 2001 review of the research literature in Current Rheumatology Reports, the ratio of women to men with fibromyalgia is 9 to 1. So while more women are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it may be because women tend to go to the doctor more frequently. One study in the Journal of Rheumatology reported that men with fibromyalgia have milder symptoms than women due to fewer trigger points and less fatigue. Yet, another report contradicted these findings. No matter what your gender, it’s important to see your doctor about any symptoms of chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and depression. There is help and hope for people with fibromyalgia, but your doctor holds the key to making the accurate diagnosis and prescribing effective treatment.

Dr. William D. Knopf of Piedmont Heart Institute Answered: Although fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men, there is not a major difference in symptoms which typically is widespread pain and fatigue. Women generally have more pain than men. The treatments are not different and the response to treatment is not different between men and women.

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum Answered: They are largely similar. In men and women, testosterone levels drop significantly, but have a farther way to go in men before they can trigger symptoms.

About Michelle Arbore

I am 36 years old, married for 8 years and have an almost 3 year old, Michael Richard. We also have two cats (Anibel & Mama). I own my own social media management and coaching business that allows me to work from home. I like to read, listen to music, take photos, learn new things, shop, watch TV and spend time with family and friends. I also suffer from Fibromyalgia. I have suffered from this disease for over 15 years now. I started my blog so I could have a place to vent about what I am feeling. It has turned into a place where I post information about this disease, talk about books that I am reading about Fibro, and getting to meet other people who suffer from this.
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