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Fibromyalgia In Men

Sunday 19 May 2019


From U.S. News:



Fibromyalgia in Men

Though sometimes overlooked in men, this rheumatic condition can cause pain, fatigue and other symptoms.

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor
May 17, 2019
Copyright 2019 © U.S. News & World Report L.P.

This article is based on reporting that features expert sources including David Trock, MD; Kevin Hackshaw, MD

GENDER DISPARITIES exist in many diseases, from certain types of cancer and heart disease to mental health and autoimmune disorders. One area of medicine where the gender balance of patients is particularly skewed is rheumatology.

Rheumatology encompasses a wide variety of diseases and conditions that affect the joints and soft tissues, the most common of which is osteoarthritis, and many of them are more common among women than men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that "women are more likely to develop OA than men, especially after age 50." The same is true for rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis that's caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the body's own tissues. The CDC reports "new cases of RA are typically two-to-three times higher in women than men."

An even greater disparity is seen in fibromyalgia, a disorder the Mayo Clinic reports is "characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues." The National Fibromyalgia Association reports that between 75 and 90 percent of fibromyalgia cases occur in women. But that means some 10 to 25 percent of people with fibromyalgia are men, and the syndrome might sometimes be overlooked in that population.


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