Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We're Connected: Celebrate Fibromyalgia Awareness Day


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Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. If you're wondering why a blog primarily about migraines and headaches is covering a fibromyalgia-related event, please keep reading so I can explain the connection.

Fibromyalgia is a complicated, often misunderstood condition that (like migraines) affects more women than men or kids.
An estimated 10 million Americans are living with fibromyalgia.

One of the primary symptoms associated with fibromyalgia is widespread pain, but people living with it also experience fatigue, stiff joints, problems with memory and concentration, sleep difficulties, depression and gastrointestinal problems. Further, many fibromyalgia patients are also migraineurs.

Like migraine disease, fibromyalgia is an invisible illness. Fibromyalgia offers few, if any, external factors that let others know how much pain, stiffness or discomfort the person might be experiencing.
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There are a number of similarities that make it easier for migraineurs to relate to what people living with fibromyalgia go through, but I'm betting some of my regular readers are living with both conditions. What can you share with us about the biggest misconceptions you encounter? What would you like us to know about your situation?

Sources:
APF: Manage Your Pain: National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Fibromyalgia Association

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