23 Truths People With Fibromyalgia Wish Others Understood


Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that affects an estimated 10 million people in the United States, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association. It’s unpredictable and symptoms vary, but it’s generally characterized by chronic widespread pain, fatigue, abnormal pain processing, sleep disorders, fatigue, problems with cognitive functioning, migraines, anxiety and depression.

Symptoms come and go, but experts have found a number of treatments that may help improve functionality. Fibromyalgia is more prevalent in women, and research indicates there could be a genetic component as well. But despite the large number of people who live with it, the average person knows very little about fibromyalgia.

1. “It is real.” — Janie Fisher

2. “I wish we could wear a traffic light device that would allow others to know what kind of day we’re having.” — Linda Mortensen

3. “It’s always there. Even though I may act ‘normal,’ I still hurt.” — DeJarnett Sharon
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