Fibromyalgia is an arthritic condition that affects the entire body. Approximately four million adults throughout the United States have this disease, and it affects women more frequently than men. Unlike other forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune or inflammatory disease; its actual causes are unknown.
Aside from gender, several factors may increase your risk of developing fibromyalgia. It’s diagnosed most commonly in people who are middle-aged. Additionally, chronic comorbidities, particularly lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, may make you more susceptible to this condition. Other potential risk factors include post-traumatic stress, repetitive injuries, viral illnesses, genetics, and obesity.