What are the age-related differences in the incidence of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Although usually considered a disorder of women aged 20-50 years, fibromyalgia can occur at any age and in persons of either sex. Fibromyalgia occurs in pediatric populations, especially during adolescence. [90] The prevalence of fibromyalgia increases with age, and the peak prevalence is not seen in women until age 60-70 years. [63] All patients with widespread pain, regardless of age, should be evaluated for fibromyalgia.


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