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The Frustration of Fibromyalgia




 
In recent years, many more people have become aware of fibromyalgia, through news, having a friend of relative diagnosed with the condition, or even by developing the illness themselves. That said, many are still relatively unaware of the disease, and even more unfortunately, not all doctors know about or even believe in the disease. Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 3 to 6 percent of Americans, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association, and although men and children can suffer from the disease it primarily affects women.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome with no cure. Those afflicted by the disease experience a range of symptoms, from physical exhaustion, brain fog and insomnia, to depression and widespread muscle pain. Many go from one doctor to another, trying to get a diagnosis and figure out what is ailing them. Because the disease is so misunderstood, many are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, lyme disease, depression, hypothyroidism and a host of other misdiagnoses. Sufferers of fibromyalgia may go years before getting a diagnosis, if ever.

Fibromyalgia is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes those with the disease to experience pain much differently than most people. In fact, many with fibromyalgia experience pain to such a degree that they cannot bear to have clothes touching their skin or even be able to sleep with light sheets. The pain affects all other areas of their lives. Insomnia is a huge symptom of the disease and is the main cause of the terrible exhaustion that follows, day in and day out.

The number of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia has increased in recent years, leaving doctors baffled at the cause and unable to treat the disease in any other way than simple symptom treatments (though, increasingly, more attention is being paid to treatments that have some effectiveness such as lyrica): pain medication for pain, sleep aids for insomnia, and antidepressants for the mental anguish caused by symptoms of the disease.

There is no consensus to the cause or the origin of the disease and treatment is hit or miss. Currently, those with disease usually take a host of various medications to try and combat the pain, exhaustion and other symptoms that leave them unable to enjoy life fully.

There are many studies being done to help identify causes and treatments for fibromyalgia. Currently, is thought that stress, lack of sleep and trauma trigger the disease.

If you are tired, plagued with pain and not feeling clear, it might be worth a trip to a rheumatologist to ask about fibromyalgia.















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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI


These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria