Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Make Fibromyalgia Visible: Quick Facts About Fibromyalgia

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You can't make fibromyalgia visible if you don't know that fact. So here they are, the quick facts about fibromyalgia,
courtesy of the Fibromyalgia Network (www.fmnetnews.com):

  • Fibromyalgia affects 3 to 5 percent of the population (that means almost 1.5 million people in the United States live with fibromyalgia)
  • It 0ccurs in people of all ages, including children
  • More women are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but men can have it too
  • Fibromyalgia is a condition that is chronic and long-term, but the severity of symptoms can fluctuate throughout the day
  • About 25% of people with fibromyalgia are unable to work due to the severity of their symptoms
  • The first drug specifically for fibromyalgia was approved by the FDA in 2007 and more treatments are currently under development

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