How does fibromyalgia affect the quality of social and economic life?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Approximately one third of patients with fibromyalgia reportedly modify their work to keep their job. Some patients shorten their workday and/or workweek, and many persons with fibromyalgia change to a job that is less physically and mentally taxing than their previous one. Patients have also reported an inability to achieve career or educational advancement, and some have reported career loss. Such changes often lead to a decreased income and increased financial burdens.

One study of patient perspectives confirmed that fibromyalgia has a significant negative impact on the quality of social and economic functions in patients' lives. One report suggested that approximately 15% of the people with fibromyalgia are receiving disability benefits. Disability rates as high as 44% in fibromyalgia patients have been reported.

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