Worldwide Epidemiology of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (M Peres, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-013-0356-5

Cite this article as:
Queiroz, L.P. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2013) 17: 356. doi:10.1007/s11916-013-0356-5
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  1. Topical Collection on Fibromyalgia


Studying the epidemiology of fibromyalgia (FM) is very important to understand the impact of this disorder on persons, families and society. The recent modified 2010 classification criteria of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), without the need of tender points palpation, allows that larger and nationwide surveys may be done, worldwide. This article reviews the prevalence and incidence studies done in the general population, in several countries/continents, the prevalence of FM in special groups/settings, the association of FM with some sociodemographic characteristics of the population, and the comorbidity of FM with others disorders, especially with headaches.


EpidemiologyPrevalenceFibromyalgiaChronic widespread painChronic painHeadache

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil