Recent studies indicate that the prevalence of fibromyalgia is increasing worldwide even though a 2012 study suggested that fibromyalgia is underdiagnosed in general, and even more underdiagnosed in men. The results suggest that patients, particularly men, who meet the fibromyalgia research survey criteria are unlikely to have been given a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Anyone can develop fibromyalgia but it is most common in adults with the highest rate in women. Men do get fibromyalgia and the ratio is reported at 9:1 that is 9 women for every man. Researchers are not clear why women have higher rates of diagnosis but I believe that it could be that men are either not reporting their symptoms or not being diagnosed with fibromyalgia as many people, doctors included, still believe that fibro is universally a syndrome that women get.
Do men and women have the same fibromyalgia symptoms?
Men seem to have a different symptoms than women according to a 2012 study.
Men with fibro demonstrate a lower pain severity than women but a longer duration of symptoms and disability. Men have a higher pressure pain threshold (PPT) over the 18 tender points and over the second metacarpal and tibialis anterior muscle than women. In men, the intensity of ongoing pain was associated to over the neck. This study proposes that there may be a different observable type of fibromyalgia in women and men and confirms that women exhibit lower PPT than men.
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Fibromyalgia Rates May Be Higher Than Thought, Especially in Men: New diagnostic criteria broaden the definition of a complex syndrome.
Examiner Jan 2013: Fibromyalgia in men often goes undiagnosed, Mayo Clinic study finds
SOURCES FOR THIS ARTICLE:
Fibromyalgia, diagnosis and prevalence. Are gender differences explainable? Bartels, E., Jacobsen, S., Jesperson, A., et al. (2009).
Prevalence of fibromyalgia: a population-based study in Olmsted County, Minnesota, utilizing the Rochester Epidemiology Project.
Vincent A, Lahr BD, Wolfe F, Clauw DJ, Whipple MO, Oh TH, Barton DL, St Sauver J.
Gender differences in pain severity, disability, depression, and widespread pressure pain sensitivity in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome without comorbid conditions.
Castro-Sánchez AM, Matarán-Peñarrocha GA, López-Rodríguez MM, Lara-Palomo IC, Arendt-Nielsen L, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C
How Fibromyalgia Affects Men Article at WebMD
PubMed: Fibromyalgia in men and women: comparison of the main clinical symptoms
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