#FibromyalgiaAwarenessDay

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It’s #Fibromyalgia Awareness Day today.

So What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a difficult illness to describe and live with, because it encompasses so many variables. Your mind and body seem to be at odds with each other most of the time.

The photo I have chosen illustrates this well; it feels like you are climbing waterfalls. Never achieving very much but putting all your effort into something for little reward.

What is fibromyalgia?

Briefly, it affects the skeletal muscles throughout the body, causing varying degrees of pain.

The pain ranges in severity from day to day and it is affected by temperature,

stress

and the amount of physical activity carried out.

Fibromyalgia sufferers commonly experience a range of different types of pain.

The pain can range from a sharp stabbing pain,

an ache

and a burning pain.

Other symptoms that can be experienced are

fatigue,

poor sleep quality,

stiffness,

IBS,

headaches,

cognitive problems

“Fibro fog”,

depression,

dizziness,

anxiety

and painful periods.

Invisible Illness and Fibromyalgia 

One difficulty of living with fibromyalgia is it’s an invisible illness; others assume you are well because there is no physical evidence of being ill.

In my personal struggle with fibromyalgia this single fact has caused me the most stress over the 14 years I have had it.

Have a look at the NHS description of fibromyalgia for more in depth information about the condition.

If you have just been diagnosed and are trying to find links to support groups and the online community. Have a look at the organisations below and also Facebook groups.

UK Fibromyalgia is a brilliant site that covers a wide range of information about fibromyalgia.

Also

Fibromyalgia Association  is a registered charity that provides information and help to sufferers.

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