Fibromyalgia is an immobilizing, difficult to manage and not widely known disease which affects many men and women worldwide.
It’s a disease which is about seven times as likely to affect women than men, and although it usually is seen in people between the ages of 30 and 50 it can appear in sufferers of any age, whether elderly or child.
Fibromyalgia is a difficult disease to diagnose – there isn’t a specific set of testing which is able to find and diagnose it, and the symptoms that sufferers experience are often attributed to other diseases before fibromyalgia is presented as the culprit.
Fibromyalgia awareness day is all about raising awareness for this disease and supporting further research into eventually finding a cure.
The History of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
Awareness and funding are the keys to battling the enigma that is Fibromyalgia, and this day was created for just that.
On May 12th each year, observers of this day get together and take part in fundraising events, charity runs, tea parties – anything to get the conversation going.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia may include heightening skin sensitivity – especially to pain, muscle stiffness, some difficulties sleeping, problems with memory and concentration, extreme tiredness, and headaches.
These symptoms are not uncommon in other diseases – and some sufferers don’t even experience all these symptoms – so it’s easy to see what makes fibromyalgia so tricky to diagnose.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, so at the moment the only option for sufferers is to have a number of treatments. For example, medication such as painkillers and antidepressants are often prescribed.
Sufferers may also find that lifestyle changes may help, and there’s plenty of support groups available via healthcare services keen to offer support.
How to Observe Fibromyalgia Day
One thing to do first before observing this day is to read up on Fibromyalgia itself.
Being a disease with no cure, there’s plenty about this disease that we don’t know about – but equally, plenty that we do. Knowing how to spot Fibromyalgia is the first step in beating it.
If you wish to contribute to the charities which raise money and awareness for the battling the disease, why not join in with a local charity event – or even start up your own!
Charity sports events, bake sales, community gatherings – there’s plenty you can do to support the cause and get the word out there.
Make sure you use the hashtag #fibromyalgiaday on social media!