Fibromyalgia Complications and Risk Factors

Fibromyalgia Complications and Risk Factors

Common complications and risk factors

Those at higher risk for fibromyalgia include:

  • Females: The disorder appears to be more prominent in women (between the ages of 25 and 60) than in men – comprising up to 90% of cases diagnosed. To date there is no known reason for this, but genetics are suspected as a possible reason.
  • Family history: Relatives with similar symptoms or who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia themselves, have been noted in those with the condition.
  • Related or similar health conditions: Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, and even lupus can sometimes lead to the development of fibromyalgia.

Complications which can arise include:

  • Disturbed sleep or lack of sleep
  • Sleep apnoea or insomnia
  • The inability to effectively function at work, school or in your personal (home) life
  • The development of mood disorders, such as anxiety or depression
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