Home
Search in�� ��for��
 
Resources
Career Center
New Hospital Update
Learn More About MCI
Bill Payment
Upcoming Events
Find a Physician
Press Releases
Maps and Directions
Visiting Hours
Medical Services
Specialty Programs and Services
Volunteer Services
H2U
Birthing Center Tours
Clinics
Family Care of Eastern Jackson County
Jackson County Medical Group
Family & Friends
Virtual Body
Virtual Cheercards
Web Babies
Decision Tools
Self-Assessment Tools
Natural and Alternative Treatments Main Index
Health Sources
Cancer InDepth
Heart Care Center
HealthDay News
Wellness Centers
Aging and Health
Alternative Health
Sports and Fitness
Food and Nutrition
Men's Health
Mental Health
Kids' and Teens' Health
Healthy Pregnancy
Medications
Travel and Health
Women's Health
Genus MD
Genus MD
Physician Websites
Legal Disclaimers
Nondiscrimination
Privacy Notice



Send This Page To A Friend
Print This Page

Risk Factors for Fibromyalgia

 

A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.

It is possible to develop fibromyalgia with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing fibromyalgia. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.

There are still many questions regarding the exact cause(s) of fibromyalgia, so risk factors are still being identified. Currently, risk factors include:

Gender

Although fibromyalgia may develop in men or women, women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men.

Age

People between the ages of 20-60 are at the highest risk of developing the onset of fibromyalgia, although it may occur at any age.

Genetic Factors

There is some indication that genetic factors may be involved in the development of fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that people with family members who have fibromyalgia are at a higher risk of developing it themselves.

Specific Lifestyle Factors

People who have recently experienced a traumatic physical or emotional event, such as a divorce or car accident, may be at a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia.

There is evidence that fibromyalgia and obesity may be linked. Fibromyalgia patients are more likely to be obese.

Psychiatric Illness

Many people with fibromyalgia report a history of psychiatric symptoms, but many others do not. There is no clear evidence that psychiatric illness causes fibromyalgia.

Autoimmune Diseases

You may be at higher risk of fibromyalgia if you have rheumatic diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis.

REFERENCES:

About fibromyalgia. National Fibromyalgia Association website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Accessed September 14, 2016.

Fibromyalgia. American College of Rheumatology website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Updated May 2015. Accessed September 14, 2016.

Fibromyalgia. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116339/Fibromyalgia. Updated September 18, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Fibromyalgia. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Updated July 2014. Accessed September 14, 2016.

Fibromyalgia FAQs. Fibromyalgia Network website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Accessed September 14, 2016.

Ursini F, Naty S, Grembiale RD. Fibromyalgia and obesity: the hidden link. Reumatol Int. 2011;31(11):1403-1408.

PreviousNext

 



Last reviewed September 2017 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 11/21/2017

Health References
Health Conditions
Therapeutic Centers


Copyright � 1999-2007
ehc.com; All rights reserved.
Terms & Conditions of Use
Privacy Statement
Medical Center of Independence
17203 E. 23rd St.
Independence,� MO� 64057
Telephone: (816) 478-5000