MEN WITH FIBROMYALGIA                                                          TAKEN FROM FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT NI                                       ( What you need to know about Fibromyalgia )                  Men do suffer from Fibromyalgia Syndrome. It's estimated that 1 in 6 Fibromyalgia patients are men. However, both the symptoms presented by men and their experience of the illness can be very different to that of a woman.                                                                               Difference In Symptoms                                                                 Symptoms of Fibromyalgia are widespread and vary from person to person. Some sufferers are more affected by widespread pain while others find that fatigue is the worst symptom. Symptoms in men tend to be quite different to those suffered by women. Most research illustrates men experience milder symptoms than women also experience less:                                                                     . Tender points ( not as many the 11-18 usually found in women)     . Fatigue                                                                                                       . Morning stiffness                                                                                       . Irritable Bowel Syndrome                                                                       Male symptoms also tend to last for shorter periods of time and occur less often than those appearing in female patients. However, a recent study shows that male symptoms may actually be more severe than those experienced by women - so as you can see there are conflicting reports about the effects that Fibromyalgia has on men.                                                                         Diagnosis in Men                                                                                         Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia also tends to be difficult in male sufferers. Male sufferers are often reluctant to admit to severe pain or discomfort, and as a result many report milder symptoms than they actually have. This can make it difficult for doctors to accurately diagnose Fibromyalgia. Some doctors are also convinced that Fibromyalgia affects only women, refusing to diagnose men who display symptoms of the disorder.                       Treatment of Men                                                                                       Because of the societal expectations and gender roles, many men don't receive the treatment, patience and help they require. Men are forced, can be forced by society to deal with their pain quietly, and as a result many men don't ask their doctor for Fibromyalgia medications.                                                                         For a long time now it has been considered that Fibromyalgia is primarily a "women's disease" at last that view is being recognized to be inaccurate, in that many more men than was first thought have been having symptoms and perhaps just not getting diagnosed as rapidly as women. Although, various studies have certainly shown women to be in the majority with the condition there are as yet no definitive reason as to why that may be.                                                                                                                   What the studies show                                                                                Some studies have indicated that women may a much lower than normal testosterone level. Because they much less to start with a deficiency doesn't to have more obvious effects. However, whether this may also be the reason for men getting diagnosis is a subject of hot debate and other research studies. Men sometimes have fewer obvious symptoms to begin with, but in some cases, may go on to develop a worse case of the condition - this may in part have something to do with the heavier psychosocial impact that a hidden disability has on men - for them, their job is not only their primary role in life but in many cases also their identity.           Denial perhaps                                                                                             To not only be ill but to be ill with a condition that is hidden, not well understood or recognized and something that others talk about mostly in relation to women, can for many men be too much to deal with in any capacity.  Although men may start off with fewer or less obvious symptoms, many studies have shown that they can ultimately progress on to having much more serious problems at a later point, possibly through denial and stubbornness - a trait often found in all Fibromyalgia sufferers but perhaps more so in men.                                                                            Because men tend not to be as open as women in sharing their difficulties in coping they tend to bottle up a lot of the frustration and anger at being "hit" by such a frustrating condition and often even in their partners won't be able to get them to open up.