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May 12 – National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

National Fibromyalgia Awareness DayEvery year, May 12 is observed as National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day in the United States. Sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA), the event aims to raise public awareness and extend support to those suffering from fibromyalgia and/or other chronic pain illnesses. The Association also uses this opportunity to raise funds to help people living with this debilitating condition.

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread, unexplained pain in the muscles and joints including the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities. In this chronic pain state, the nerve stimuli causing pain originates mainly in the muscle. Other symptoms include muscle stiffness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and cognitive difficulties. It is estimated that about 10 million people in the US are affected by this disorder and that women account for about 80-90 percent of all cases.

The fibromyalgia awareness campaign encourages people to contribute, advocate, participate in research and educate others about the disorder. The theme for 2015 campaign is – “Your Voice Matters”. The theme signifies the need to speak out to make changes for those with fibromyalgia and chronic pain conditions.

The goal of this annual campaign is to build a united patient and medical community to create a strong organizational base to educate and execute advocacy programs about access to care, research, diagnosis and treatment for people suffering from chronic pain from FM and overlapping conditions. It aims to educate people about the importance of timely diagnosis and proper treatment for the most positive outcome. The campaign will be observed in hospitals, specialty healthcare centers and other types of medical facilities across the nation.

Celebrate National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day – join the movement to raise public awareness about the ailment and help the NFMCPA transform lives.

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