Fibromyalgia Demographics #blogboost

According to the CDC approximately two percent of the US population is affected by fibromyalgia and the ratio of women to men is 7:1. While the syndrome can have onset at any age and can affect either gender or race and knows no economic boundaries, predominately its affects women between puberty and menopause.

“Fibromyalgia is the third most prevalent rheumatologic disorder in the United States, is more common than rheumatoid arthritis and is classified second to osteoarthritis (AO) as the most commonly diagnosed musculoskeletal illness leading to disability. The CDC says, Fibromyalgia may often co-occur (up to 25-65%) with other rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS).” (CDC.gov, accessed 7/5/2011)

Yet, despite these staggering figures, physicians get little to no training regarding identification or treatment of any conditions that cause muscle dysfunction.
The average fibromyalgia patient visits more than five physicians or healthcare providers and spends thousands of dollars before a diagnosis is made. We suffer many anguishing events before our symptoms are diagnosed and even when they are, the medications presently used to treat FM are either not tolerated well, have the results expected, or are cost prohibitive.

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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One Response to Fibromyalgia Demographics #blogboost

  1. Ashley Perry says:

    It’s very frustrating! And being a woman means the diagnosis takes even longer than a man. I’ve had the pain of fibromyalgia since as long as I can remember. I saw something like 12 specialists before I was diagnosed at age 19 by a rheumatologist. My next visit, I came by myself because in life, no matter how much pain we are in…we still have to carry on. The doctor deemed “cured” because I drove myself to the appointment! I never went back. I have taken Moringa oleifera since Sept. 2011 and haven’t needed any pain meds since.

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