Who is affected?
There are estimates that around 1 in 20 people are affected by FMS in the UK, but there are no exact numbers and one of the main reasons for this is because, as highlighted previously, FMS is a difficult condition to diagnose. Check out the \'\'symptoms\'\' page on the drop down list.
Anyone can be affected by fibromyalgia (FMS) but it affects women seven time more frequently than men. FMS generally develops between the ages of 30 and 50 years old but their are always exceptions to these statistics.
If you have one of the conditions which I mentioned in the \'\'conditions to be excluded\'\'page, you will also be more susceptible.
Lastly, there is the growing belief that you would be more susceptible if your mother has FMS. Genetics are thought to play a part, especially if there is a trigger such as trauma or stress.
It should never be excluded in anyone because of age or gender if symptoms are present. If you have concerns or are worried about any symptoms, you should always seek advice from your GP.