Fibromyalgia in Men

Men with Fibromyalgia Face Fewer Symptoms
A DGReview of :"Fibromyalgia in Men: Comparison of Clinical Features with
Journal of Rheumatology

By Elda Hauschildt

Men with fibromyalgia have fewer symptoms than women with the syndrome. In addition, several of the symptoms that the sexes do share are milder or less common in men.

Men with the syndrome have fewer tender points, lower tender point scores and less symptoms of "hurt all over", fatigue, morning fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome. Overall, the total number of symptoms is fewer in men than what in women with fibromyalgia.

Researchers studied 536 consecutive patients with fibromyalgia attending a university rheumatology clinic. Of the total patients seen, 469 were women and 67 were men. A third group of 36 healthy men also seen in the clinic but who did not have significant pain was included in the study.

Both clinical and psychological symptoms as well as tender points were significantly greater and more common among men with fibromyalgia than among the healthy male control participants. Irritable bowel syndrome was the only exception.

Researchers found that patient assessment of global severity of illness, disability scores and pain severity were similar in fibromyalgia patients, regardless of their sex.


Journal of Rheumatology, 2000; 27: 485-490.

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