Fibromyalgia, in a large part, now controls my life.
In fact, it gives chronic pain to more than 10 million Americans, and 3-6% of the global population (most of whom are women, but can also effect men and children). Fibromyalgia is also common in families, and my family is no different. My father and several aunts and uncles either have diagnoses or suffer with the same complaints.
These people are often stigmatized by those in the population (including healthcare) who are uneducated and believe the illness is just: faking it, being lazy, etc…
Fibromyalgia sufferers are often left without adequate pain management and with emotional abuse from their doctors.
A portion of us are truly disabled and yet do not receive any kind of disability support from the government.
Research is being done, but there is still very little known about the underlying causes, despite the finds of many overlapping symptoms.
According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, “most researchers agree that FM is a disorder of central processing with neuroendocrine/neurotransmitter dysregulation” (causing extreme pain amplification!).
People need to hear about Fibromyalgia. The population needs to learn about Fibromyalgia and its devastating effects.
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This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.