Fibromyalgia was recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1992. Today, fibromyalgia 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 and can not be easily diagnosed through medical tests. Fibromyalgia does not leave marks on the skin and does not produce injuries that others might see. It’s a solitary, hopeless pain.
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.