Imagine coming down with what you believe to be some weird virus. You’re tired, have bad headaches, feel depressed and anxious and experience aching muscles and joints. Now imagine these symptoms don’t go away, but rather persist for weeks or months. These and other unpleasant side-effects are what many individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia must deal with every day.
Categorized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, researches are still unaware of exactly what causes the disorder or how to effectively treat it. The disorder is more prevalent in woman and impacts an estimated five million Americans who suffer from the painful and often debilitating effects of the mysterious condition.
Despite a proclamation from the National Institute of Health that fibromyalgia is a “common and chronic disorder”, because its cause is still unknown, those who are diagnosed often must deal with increased scrutiny and doubt. In fact, many who suffer claim loved ones and medical professionals have accused them of making up or exaggerating symptoms.
One woman, who is now in her 40s, recalls how she first noticed the effects of the disorder when she was just 25-years-old. Experiencing severe back pain, she saw a neurosurgeon and even underwent a cervical fusion procedure before finally being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Despite having her medical assistant’s degree, because to her condition, she is only able to work part-time as a leasing agent.
While she has learned how to manage some of the negative side-effects of her disorder through meditation, relaxation and distraction; she still experiences days when it’s difficult to get out of bed. She has learned that stress and physical activity are main triggers and must work to keep both to a minimum or risk being in pain for days or weeks.
Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia may be eligible to receive social security disability benefits provided they meet certain qualification guidelines. Those interested in learning more should consult a legal SSDI professional who can help with the complex application process.
Source: Hernando Today, “People with fibromyalgia aren’t crazy,” Daniel J. Vance, Mar. 29, 2012