Have you ever wondered what is Fibromyalgia and why we are hearing more and more about this chronic illness? Well, Fibromyalgia was recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1992. I was in high school back then and had no idea that I would one day be diagnosed with it. Today, this chronic illness affects 4% of the population, and almost 90% are women.
Fibromyalgia is considered an “invisible disease” because it affects all the soft parts of the musculoskeletal system. Pain is invisible. This chronic illness does not leave marks on the skin and does not produce injuries that others might see. It’s a solitary, hopeless pain. Because of this chronic illness can’t be easily diagnosed through medical tests.
Those who suffer from Fibromyalgia must overcome their own illness in social misunderstanding, and the feeling of being invisible in a world that believes only what it sees.
When a person can not get out of bed because they feel “burning needles” in their joints, they do not pretend, nor do they look for excuses not to go to work.
Year after year, more and more people are being diagnosed.