According to a Mayo Clinic study, young and middle-aged Fibromyalgia patients report worse symptoms and a poorer quality of life than older patients. The suggestion is that the syndrome may be experienced differently for people in different age groups.
Although all people in the study with Fibromyalgia reported lower quality of life than the average person of their age in the United States, the younger people actually had lower scores in mental and physical health than the older ones.
These seems incredibly counter-intuitive and backwards to me. Age has always played a factor, but I always though the opposite. In general, people as they age have more health problems, so it seemed like the symptoms for Fibromyalgia would follow the same pattern, but for some reason it didn’t.
I don’t know. More research needs to be done of course, but I suspect it has to do with the cultural differences in the way younger people have been raised versus older people. I also suspect that it is in part due to the changes in diet from generation to generation. Fifty years ago, fast food was not as prevalent as it is today, nor was processed food in general. However, younger people today often eat these foods as part of their normal diet.
I believe that ultimately these findings are going to lead to a better understanding of Fibromyalgia and treatment options. Perhaps the reason some treatments work so well for some people and not others is as simple as your age. If that is the case, then it is possible the treatments could change drastically and be more individualized and maybe even work better for everyone!