World Fibromyalgia Day, the invisible disease | News


The world dedicates this May 12 to remember the fibromyalgia syndrome, called the ghost or invisible disease, which is characterized by rheumatological conditions that cause widespread pain and persistent exhaustion, as well as a variety of other accompanying symptoms.


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Many patients describe it as a pain from head to toe. And it is not exaggerated, because it causes pain in ligaments, bones, muscles, joints. Also headache, insomnia, anxiety and tiredness.

The mechanisms that cause fibromyalgia are not well understood. It has been believed that it has a neurological origin, but demonstrable causes have not been determined.

It is striking that it tends to be more common among women between 20 and 50 years of age. However, men and children can also suffer from it. It is estimated that it affects between 2 and 7 percent of the world’s population.

A day to make visible, understand and help

Since 1993, every May 12th the World Day of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome is celebrated.

That date coincides with the birth of Florence Nightingale, an English nurse who was bedridden for years due to a paralyzing illness. She established a nursing school in London in 1860 and is recognized today as one of the pioneers of the specialty.

The celebration of various activities every May 12 seeks to make visible the difficulties suffered by patients with these syndromes, and to help us understand and help them.

New focus, new life

As far as is known, there is no standard treatment for all patients. The purpose of the treatment is to try to control the symptoms that accompany the disease, trying to avoid the side effects of the medication that patients often suffer from.

Specialists insist that it is essential to avoid factors that aggravate symptoms. To do this, life habits and customs must be adapted to the limitations that pain and fatigue can cause.

It is advisable to introduce changes in the mentality of the patient and those around him, seeking a relaxed family environment free of constant demands.

When localized and intense pain is experienced, it is very helpful to inject local anesthetics into the painful points, especially if a local massage is applied afterwards.

In many patients, symptoms improve with the administration of various medications that act by increasing serotonin levels.

Recent studies suggest that some alternative therapies, such as yoga, can relieve pain.

There is consensus that physical exercise and adequate muscle strength are very effective. Massages, muscle stretching, local heat and some types of electrotherapy can also be very valuable.

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