"The butterfly is a symbol for fibromyalgia - just the lightest touch, like one of a butterfly landing on you, can still hurt like hell."
Fibromyalgia is a common and complex chronic pain disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness to the touch that may occur body wide or migrate over the body. It affects people physically, mentally, and socially. It is estimated that 200 million to 400 million people worldwide suffer from this disorder. Yet so many people don’t know about it.
The pain of fibromyalgia is profound, chronic, and widespread. It can migrate to all parts of the body and vary in intensity. FM pain has been described as stabbing and shooting pain, with deep muscular aching, throbbing, and twitching.
The fatigue of FM is an all-encompassing exhaustion that can interfere with occupational, personal, social, or educational activities. Symptoms include profound exhaustion and poor stamina.
Many people with fibro have an associated sleep disorder that prevents them from achieving deep, restful, restorative sleep.
Other signs, symptoms, and overlapping conditionsmay include: irritable bowel and bladder syndrome, headaches and migraines, restless legs syndrome (periodic limb movement disorder), impaired memory and concentration, skin sensitivities and rashes, dry eyes and mouth, anxiety, depression, ringing in the ears, dizziness, vision problems, Raynaud’s Syndrome, neurological symptoms, and impaired coordination.
There is no cure and doctors don’t exactly know what causes fibro, but they say that it could be a few factors.
Spread awareness and show support for those who suffer.