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Anne from Calgary asks: I have a friend with fibromyalgia. She has said many times that fibromyalgia shortens life expectancy, and she is very frightened about this. I was glad to see that Alberta Rheumatology’s fibromyalgia webpage says that fibromyalgia is not associated with a shorter life span. Could you please cite a source for this, such as a journal article, so that I can show it to my friend? She would find it comforting.

You are correct to say there is no data to suggest fibromyalgia affects life span.  A recent 2011 paper by Dr. Fred Wolfe, published in Arthritis Care and Research, showed this again.

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