Fibromyalgia – The Pain is Real

Fibromyalgia – The Pain is Real

Fibromyalgia Disorder

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is characterized by chronic widespread pain affecting the muscles and soft tissue. It is often accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue; cognitive difficulties; sleep disorders; gastrointestinal issues; sensitivity to lights, sounds and scents; headaches, depression and anxiety. In fact, Fibromyalgia is comorbid with depression and anxiety disorders in approximately one third of cases.

Fibromyalgia affects two percent of the population and is more prevalent in females. It is believed that genetics, physical or emotional trauma, or even infections can trigger the disorder, and that those with the disorder have more sensitive pain receptors.

Since fibromyalgia can be a challenge to diagnose, access to appropriate treatment can take time. Treatment often involves multiple modalities, including stress management, physical therapy, massage, medication and exercise.

Common Misconceptions

Until recently, not much was known about Fibromyalgia. As with any disorder that does not have visibly apparent symptoms, individuals may find that their symptoms aren’t taken seriously by their loved ones, employers or even their medical doctors. Consequently, one of the most common misconceptions about the disorder has been, and still is, that the pain is “all in your head.” We now know that Fibromyalgia is a physiological and neurochemical issue–the pain is real.

In the context of long-term disability claims, individuals with Fibromyalgia often have a difficult time convincing their insurers that the disorder is disabling. These claims often require the expertise of a seasoned disability lawyer with extensive experience representing individuals with Fibromyalgia to negotiate a fair and equitable resolution.

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