At What Age Are People Usually Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia? How Does This Affect Disability?


I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I'm only 27. Is this normal? I had to quit my job, and I am depressed. How does my age affect my chances of getting disability benefits from Social Security?


You can develop fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) at any age, but, typically, a diagnosis will be made between the ages of 20 and 55. Fibromyalgia tends to hit people during their middle adult years, and those who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia feel the burden of FMS at points in their lives when, due to job concerns and family matters, they are usually at their busiest. This time of life is usually among the most stressful in a person's life, and fibromyalgia, of course, does seem to have a strong linkage to stress, anxiety, and depression. Women, for unknown reasons, are diagnosed with fibromyalgia much more often than men. For more information, see out article on getting disability benefits for fibromyalgia.

Coincidentally, disability applicants who are between the ages of 20 and 55 often have the hardest time getting disability benefits, and this is especially true for those at the younger age of this range. For more information, see our article on why younger adults are less likely to get disability benefits.

Written by: Tim Moore, former disability examiner for Social Security claims

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