National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

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Hey there folks! It's time to give some love and attention to a condition that affects millions of people around the world. Get ready to learn all about National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!

When is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day?

It's national fibromyalgia awareness day on the 12th May.

What is Fibromyalgia?

If you've ever been hit by a wave of unexplained pain and fatigue, you might have experienced fibromyalgia. It's a chronic disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, often accompanied by mood swings, memory problems, and sleep disturbances. In simpler terms, fibromyalgia is like your body's version of a never-ending game of whack-a-mole - you never know which body part it'll target next.

Internet History of National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

On May 12, 2005, National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was first observed. It was spearheaded by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association to raise awareness and provide support for those living with fibromyalgia. Since then, the day has gained traction on social media platforms, with people sharing their experiences and shedding light on this often misunderstood condition.

Why is Awareness Important?

Fibromyalgia is a tricky condition to diagnose and treat. Its symptoms can be vague and overlap with other conditions, making it challenging for doctors to pinpoint the cause. By spreading awareness, we can help reduce the stigma and promote understanding among medical professionals and the general public.

How to Show Support

There are many ways you can show your support for National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Educate yourself about the condition, share information on social media using the hashtag #FibroAwarenessDay, or reach out to someone you know with fibromyalgia to offer your support. Remember, a little understanding and empathy can go a long way in making someone's day a little brighter.

History behind the term 'Fibromyalgia Awareness'


Recognition of Chronic Worldwide Pain

In 1980, widespread chronic pain without any apparent cause started gaining attention in the medical field. Physicians and researchers were perplexed by this condition, which was difficult to diagnose and understand. Patients experienced pain in various parts of their bodies, along with other symptoms like fatigue and sleep disturbances.


Fibromyalgia Term Coined

The term 'fibromyalgia' was first introduced in 1981, when Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a rheumatologist, coined it. The word derived from 'fibro' meaning fibrous tissues, 'myo' meaning muscles, and 'algos' meaning pain. Dr. Yunus used this term to describe the condition that caused widespread pain in soft tissues and muscles.


Recognition by American College of Rheumatology

In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology officially recognized fibromyalgia as a distinct rheumatic condition. This recognition was crucial in raising awareness among medical professionals and providing a foundation for further research and understanding of the condition.


Diagnostic Criteria Established

Diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia were established in 1992 by the American College of Rheumatology. These criteria helped healthcare providers identify and diagnose patients with fibromyalgia based on specific symptoms, including widespread pain, sensitivity to pressure, and other accompanying symptoms.


Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

In 2007, the month of May was designated as Fibromyalgia Awareness Month. This dedicated month aims to raise public awareness about fibromyalgia, educate individuals about the condition, and support those affected by it. Various organizations and patient advocacy groups use this time to raise funds for research and promote understanding.


National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was established in 2010. Observed on May 12th each year, this day offers a platform to increase awareness about fibromyalgia on a national level. It encourages individuals to share their experiences, promote understanding, and show support for those living with fibromyalgia.

Did you know?

Did you know that Lady Gaga, the queen of pop herself, has been vocal about her struggle with fibromyalgia? She's used her platform to shed light on the condition and raise awareness. It just goes to show that even in the glitzy world of music, fibromyalgia doesn't discriminate!


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