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Make Fibromyalgia Visible May 12
Date:5/3/2010

International Observance Focuses on Syndrome that is a Leading Cause of Chronic Pain and Disability in U.S.

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) May 3, 2010 -- The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) is encouraging organizations worldwide to make fibromyalgia visible by increasing awareness and understanding during Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12. Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare services is offering free posters to support the observance and provide information on the syndrome that affects an estimated five million Americans.¹

Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing (reacting strongly to things that other people would not find painful), sleep disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress. For those with severe symptoms, fibromyalgia can be extremely debilitating and interfere with basic daily activities.

Research shows that people with fibromyalgia typically see as many as five doctors during a span of three years before receiving a diagnosis. The American College of Rheumatology has established a concise way for knowledgeable healthcare professionals (HCPs) to recognize and diagnose the disorder. It consists of a physical examination of 18 points at specific locations on the body. Eleven of those points must be tender upon palpation (manual examination). In addition, the patient must have a medical history of chronic body-wide pain in all four
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