Has your fibromyalgia evolved as you've gotten older?
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If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you may have experienced a number of stereotypes about the condition firsthand. One persistent misconception is that fibromyalgia affects mostly middle-aged or older people — specifically, older women.
In reality, fibromyalgia affects a wide range of ages, and both sexes. While it’s more likely to be diagnosed at an older age — about 8 percent of people meet the criteria by age 80, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association — this may reflect differences in screening and reporting of symptoms, rather than simply how common the disease is.
But regardless of how likely you are to have fibromyalgia at a given age, the condition often presents different challenges at different stages in life. That’s both because of social and occupational factors — like whether you’re in school, working a full-time job, or raising a family — and because older people are more likely to have other health conditions.
At what age were you diagnosed with fibromyalgia? Have you seen it evolve or change as you've gotten older? Have you had to adapt your lifestyle through the years?
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I was 52 was diagnosed. Took quite a while for the diagnosis.
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For me I've noticed that my symptoms have evolved over time. What affected me the most at the beginning was fatigue and over the years pain has become a bigger part of it. I've also developed IBS which I didn't have before I was diagnosed.
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