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Younger Patients Have Worse Fibromyalgia Symptoms


It always hurts!

So not only do females have fibromyalgia more than males (9 to 1 ratio) younger females suffer the most.    In a recent Mayo Clinic study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in late October showed that symptoms of fibromyalgia vary by age.  I can’t remember that last time I treated a male for fibromyalgia, but I treat females for it daily.

Fibromyalgia Profile?

Females under the age of 60 were more likely to have more severe physical symptoms and a worse quality of life. They were also more likely to be employed, unmarried, have a history of abuse and higher education level, smoke, and have a normal to lower weight than normal..

These findings were surprising and significant since quality of life and physical health is generally expected to get worse with age.

In this study, the 978 patients with fibromyalgia were categorized into young (under 39 years), middle aged (40-59 years) and older adults (60+ years). Regardless of age, all three groups had reduced quality of life compared to the average woman in the US. The study also pointed out that differences in physical health between fibromyalgia patients and the average woman were more pronounced.   Differences in mental health was nearly the same, especially in younger patients.  This means younger women with fibromyalgia hurt more!

Other research presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology showed that 7% of fibromyalgia patients suffer from rheumatic conditions, and that the long term outcomes of these patients are not as good as those without rheumatic conditions.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms… What to Do

As always if you, a friend, or loved one suffers from fibromyalgia, give us a call.  We had some outstanding results with fibromyalgia patients.


Young fibromyalgia patients report worse symptoms than older patients, study shows. Mayo Clinic. Press Release. October 28, 2013.