Aching muscles, trigger points, and debilitating fatigue – these are the hallmarks of fibromyalgia that every sufferer knows all too well. But there are other signs, symptoms and statistics of fibromyalgia that are not as frequently reported, though just as important to recognize.
Since fibro can interfere with every corner of your life, it’s important to know what to look for, and when to investigate other conditions, too. After all, knowledge is power, and the more you know about your fibromyalgia, the more power you’ll have over your chronic condition, and ultimately, your quality of life.
1. It's the Most Common Chronic Pain Disorder in America
When you suffer from fibromyalgia, it can feel like you’re all alone, but there are actually millions of people who know exactly what you’re going through. It’s estimated that over 5 million Americans suffer from the condition, and 80% of fibro sufferers are women. But since fibro is a mysterious disease that’s often difficult to diagnose, there are probably far more people living with the chronic pain disorder without realizing it, and unfortunately, it can take a good deal of time to diagnose. Fortunately, the prevalence of fibromyalgia means it is very much on the medical radar – expect more findings on causes and advances in treatment to continue.
Is fibromyalgia a disability? While the condition isn't listed by the SSA, you may qualify for disability benefits if you fulfill certain criteria.