Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterised by widespread pain and profound fatigue, among many other symptoms, such as sleep disturbance, and cognitive disturbance. Pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning. It may be worse at some times than at others. It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used the most. Fatigue ranges from feeling tired, to flu-like exhaustion. It may come and go, and people can suddenly feel drained of all energy - as if someone has just "pulled the plug".
For the majority of people, fibromyalgia is an invisible illness. The condition often goes unnoticed by those not living with it. However, for those coping with fibromyalgia, they certainly feel the strain that it can impose on their life, and that of their family and friends. Although there are a number of treatments used for people with fibromyalgia, they largely attempt to target the symptoms of the condition, such as pain, rather than the underlying condition. Further research is required to help us to understand what happens in fibromyalgia, and how to treat people more appropriately.
Here at Fibromyalgia Action UK, our aim is to improve the lives of people with fibromyalgia by increasing awareness of the condition across the United Kingdom. We also want to improve the awareness of, and access to treatments for fibromyalgia, fighting for freedom from fibromyalgia, together.