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Fibromyalgia is a widespread pain disorder that affects 3.4% of women and 0.5% of men in the U.S.

Wolfe F, Ross K, Anderson J, Russell I, et al. The Prevalence and Characteristics of Fibromyalgia in the General Population. Arthritis Rheum. 1995; 38(1): 19-28. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.1780380104/abstract

Reference

Title
The Prevalence and Characteristics of Fibromyalgia in the General Population
Publication
Arthritis Rheum
Publication Date
1995
Authors
Wolfe F, Ross K, Anderson J, Russell I, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 38, Issue 1
Pages
19-28
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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