What sociocultural factors play a role in the etiology of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Pain tolerance may be profoundly influenced by culture. The prevalence of widespread chronic pain is zero in Pima Indians but is approximately 10% in white populations on both sides of the Atlantic. The current epidemic of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, sick building syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome is arguably due, at least in part, to media hype, fear, suggestibility, and a focus on definable causes by patients and physicians.

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