Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 362–368

Epidemiology of fibromyalgia

  • Lily Neumann
  • Dan Buskila
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-003-0035-z

Cite this article as:
Neumann, L. & Buskila, D. Current Science Inc (2003) 7: 362. doi:10.1007/s11916-003-0035-z

Abstract

Chronic widespread pain, the cardinal symptom of fibromyalgia (FM), is common in the general population, with comparable prevalence rates of 7.3% to 12.9% across different countries. The prevalence of FM in the general population was reported to range from 0.5% to 5% and up to 15.7% in the clinic. The common association of FM with other rheumatic disorders, chronic viral infections, and systemic illnesses has been well documented in several studies. Up to 65% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus meet the criteria for FM. FM is considered a member of the family of functional somatic syndromes. These syndromes are very common and share a similar phenomenology, epidemiologic characteristics, high rates of occurrence, a common pathogenesis, and similar management strategies. A high prevalence of FM was demonstrated among relatives of patients with FM and it may be attributed to genetic and environmental factors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lily Neumann
    • 1
  • Dan Buskila
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyFaculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael