Fibromyalgia is a painful condition affecting thousands of men and women around the world. Those who are affected with the condition find it difficult to do the things they most want to do in life due to the pain. And, it is because of this that fibromyalgia has now been declared a long term disability. Those who have this condition are not going to ever be free from the symptoms and the pain that it brings.
- In Northern Ireland, fibromyalgia is becoming recognized as a long-term condition by health professionals
- Dedicated members interviewed sufferers, lobbied politicians and health professionals to establish medical services across the health trusts.
- One sufferer, Martina Marks, remarks it is a relief to be taken seriously. “I have lived with the pain since 1997. At times it can be chronic, with aches in my muscles and joints,” she says.
“For a long time, this condition has been overlooked by the medical world since its cause is unknown and therefore difficult to diagnose. However, by brushing aside this topic, many people are living with chronic pain and other symptoms with no pharmaceutical aid; after all, even their doctors may not know about it. Yet this disorder affects about 10 million people in the U.S. and about 3-6% of the world’s population.”