Is it just me, or are more and more young people getting diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS??
Both have been stereotyped for so long as being illnesses that only afflict older people, but as someone who is active on twitter, I’m finding so many teens that are already diagnosed with these problems!
I can relate to this a lot, as I became very sick at the age of 13.
I have no idea why this illness is spreading the way it is, but we need so much more research! If only we could manage to get out of bed long enough to spread the word! That’s why websites like this are so very important. The Fight Like A Girl Club lets us get these thoughts out there and hopefully more people will read and learn about these illnesses and want to get involved!
There is a Facebook page for young people who are suffering with these illnesses right here: Young People with Fibromyalgia.
Also, Healkick, is a new website for people under 40 with neuro-immune illnesses. I recommend that if you fit in this criteria, you should participate in this site!
Clearly there is something in terms of genetics or environmental stimuli that are causing Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS to be more prominent in younger and younger ages. I can’t wait for the day when people start to seriously research why this is becoming such a widespread issue.
I am pleased that there are reports coming out that CFS is based on an immune dysfunction instead of psychological issues – as that’s the way I was treated throughout my years. Slowly, but surely, there are going to be discoveries that show that we are indeed very sick individuals.
Until then, I hope that everyone stays strong. These may be debilitating illnesses, and at a young age, they are completely devastating. Answers are coming. They have to be. I refuse to believe anything to the contrary.
What are your thoughts on the fact that more young people are being diagnosed with these illnesses? Do you believe that it is spreading?
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