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Myths of Fibromyalgia – Myth 2/6

May 12, 2020

While it is reported that the  average age one isi diagnosed is 35 to 45 years old anyone at any age can have fibromyalgia.  It is more difficult to diagnose children because it’s much more common in adults but it is believed that up to  7% of children have Fibromyalgia.

A Fibromyalgia diagnosis can possibly take up to years. Symptoms include body-wide pain, debilitating fatigue,, poor sleep and mood problems.As these symptoms are common in so many possible conditions,and lack of accurate testing, it is mostly a diagnosis of elimination.

With so many symptoms that exist with co-morbid conditions it is sometimes difficult to determine who is causing what. And just to make things interesting, Fibromyalgia symptoms can wax and wane over time.

Adding in the fact that these symptoms must exists for a minimum of 3 months before a Fibromyalgia diagnosis will even be considered and that many people do not get these types of symptoms checked out u til they are debilitation, these are some of the reasons  why it can take a long time to get an accurate diagnosis.

Taking that all into consideration, there is no way to tell how long the average person takes to get a correct diagnosis though estimates are at 5 years. Because of that, it is almost impossible to determine the average age of someone with Fibromyalgia.

Myself, we believe my Fibromyalgia symptoms slowly started in the summer of 1993 while in college & fighting.mononucleosis. I was first diagnosed as “having symptoms consistent with Fibromyalgia” in 2006 in my early 30s.

Myths of Fibromyalgia – Myth 1/6

May 12, 2020

Fibromyalgia is not a rare disease, as it occurs in 2–8% of the general population. In Canada that’s between  0.7 &  3 million people  In the UK that’s between  1.3 &  5.3 million people. IIn the US. that’s from 6.6 to a whopping 26 million people.IIt

has also been shown that patients with a family history have an increased risk of developing the illness of up to  8.5x more likely.

Fibro in its earliest form has been known of since the 1800’s when physicians wrote about a condition that leaded to pain, fatigue and disturbed sleep initially called muscular rheumatism or neurasthenia and believed it to be the result of stress.

In 1824, a physician in Edinburgh described tender points and in 1880 a psychiatrist in the United States wrote about a group of symptoms including widespread pain, fatigue and psychological problems.