There are several fibromyalgia risk factors to be aware of, it is a good idea to review this list to see if any of the risk factors relate to you. Although the numbers vary depending on the source, statistics say that there are between 3 million and 10 million people in the United States that suffer from fibromyalgia.
There are four main fibromyalgia risk factors:
The first risk factor is your gender. Fibromyalgia symptoms are much more common in women than men. Between 80% and 90% of all fibromyalgia patients are women. Also, it seems more common for women to develop symptoms during menopause.
Age can also be a risk factor, a middle aged person (between the ages of 25 and 60) are more likely to develop fibromyalgia symptoms than an older or younger person.
Another fibromyalgia risk factor is difficulty sleeping. To be honest, doctors have not been able to pinpoint whether sleep problems are cause fibromyalgia or if it is the other way around (that fibromyalgia causes sleep problems), but it has been found that sleep problems can develop fibromyalgia.
Family history can be a risk factor, if you have a history of fibromyalgia within your family then you may be more susceptible to experiencing pain related to the condition. It is not clear whether genetics or psychological factors play a role in the heredity of this condition.
A person who has other chronic conditions (such as osteoarthritis and lupus) may be more likely to develop fibromyalgia symptoms. Also, it has been found that higher levels of stress may cause fibromyalgia to develop in a person.
- Business Type Accountant CA