Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome and fibrositis, is a common form of nonarticular rheumatism that is associated with chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain, generalized tender joints, fatigue, and a long list of wide-ranging symptoms, such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headaches, and depression. Fibromyalgia is a complex illness to diagnose and treat, as it is idiopathic, and its symptoms may be part of or overlap with other diseases.
For this analysis, GlobalData epidemiologists defined fibromyalgia using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code for fibromyalgia (729.1) and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code for fibromyalgia (M79.7). GlobalData epidemiologists used country-specific studies that provided the total prevalence of fibromyalgia using the 2010 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria for this epidemiological forecast.
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