- What causes fibromyalgia?
- What are fibromyalgia trigger points?
- How does fibromyalgia affect the body? (Signs and Symptoms)
- Fibromyalgia Complications and Risk Factors
- Diagnosing fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia Treatment and Medication
- Living with fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia misconceptions
- Your fibromyalgia questions answered
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