NEWS: Fibromyalgia is Now Declared as a Long-Term Condition

Reproduced Amended Version of Story By Marie-Louise Connolly BBC News NI Health Correspondent, Additional Information and detailed is added.

After osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder. Still, it is difficult to pick the fibromyalgia earlier, because its symptoms fluctuate. This condition affects mainly women than men. It is characterized by the pain in all over the body accompanied with stiffness and fatigue.

According to Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology, University of Michigan, explained that the pain in processed in an abnormal way in the fibromyalgia. He further added that pain sensation is amplified and can occur anywhere in your body. Due to this reason, chronic headaches, sensory hyper-responses, and visceral pain are very common in people with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can also impair your functionality and can interfere with the activities of daily living.

Also, it is reported that people with fibromyalgia aren’t getting the services that they should need. Swallowing the pills and implementing other successful strategies could be extremely helpful for controlling the fibromyalgia, but, as no cure exists for fibromyalgia, it’s difficult to completely eliminate this disease.

In several states, fibromyalgia has been considered as the long-term problem, decreasing the quality of life.

Why should fibromyalgia be considered as the long-term problem?

When the symptoms come and go, it makes the person much more exhausted and irritated. Dealing with fibromyalgia sounds easier but people living with fibromyalgia would better understand that how they combat whenever the symptoms spike up.

The intensity and severity of the disease can leave a negative impact on your work performance. While experiencing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, your desk job would be much more difficult than anyone’s expectation. Additionally, triggers can worsen your condition too.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia won’t let you excel more profoundly and somehow, you would prefer resting at home instead of getting to work.

Any long-term problem needs the long-term support and care. But unfortunately, the people with fibromyalgia don’t get the optimum level of attention.

Fibromyalgia is difficult to understand, not just because of its clinical signs, in fact, its relapse and remission phases are also confusing.

If you haven’t get the fibro flare up since a long time, you’re lucky, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t get flare up again.

And when symptom spikes up, it is terrible to even think about doing any task, either it is related to your work or house.

Fibromyalgia is now a long-term disability

With the help of three-year efforts of patient and client council in Northern Ireland, the fibromyalgia has been declared as a long-term disability. Now, the dedicated services can establish the trusts and centers for managing the fibromyalgia as a long term condition.

Patients can get the medical advice and interventions from the medical care professionals. Also, it is hard to decide which alternative therapy will best suit you to manage the fibromyalgia; so, you can also get the information regarding the therapies.

As pain is the major complaint of most of the fibromyalgia patients, most of the medications would be given to treat the pain perception; however, other symptoms are less noticed.

Increased awareness about the condition could help the earlier detection of this disease. Also, if people around you, like friends and family members, are well-aware about the fluctuations of the symptoms and behavioral issues, then, they may provide you the higher level of comfort and can participate in doing household chores. Fibromyalgia awareness could make the life of the person’s easier.

It is also suggested that the relationships of the person with fibromyalgia might not be healthy with his colleagues, friends and family. It happens because the people around you have little knowledge about this disease.

By increasing awareness programs, not only the person combating with fibromyalgia is educated, yet, the non-sufferers would also get the idea of how to deal the person with fibro, how one can help them and what let them feel better.

On the other end of the spectrum, the legal declaration of fibromyalgia as a long-term disability can also let the medical practitioner know more about this disease and suggest the effective drug for the ultimate suppression of the symptoms.

Availability of the fibromyalgia treatment is also a serious issue. In clinical practice, the availability of the services is not same due to the insufficient resources for targeting the specific population more efficiently.

People with fibromyalgia often feel isolated and alone. Their social isolation could be a barrier for getting the treatment. Clinicians would find this very difficult to deal. So, clinicians should also welcome the sharing of information and knowledge from the patient.

Also, more researches will be conducted to find out the ways that can improve overall health.

Long-term disability insurance and its benefits

It’s harder and harder to persistently do the work and remain in the workforce while battling with the fibromyalgia.

In fact, it also happens that people continue their work even dealing with the pain, fatigue, headache and migraine occur due to fibromyalgia.

As long-term disability insurance is already available in several countries, one could be less worried about the financial burden of medicines, regular check-ups, and other expenses.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be disabling. On the basis of subjective complaints and physical examination, a doctor can verify and identify the fibromyalgia.

There is several type of long-term insurance disability available. But, you should have an idea about which long-term disability insurance would be good for you.

Serious consideration leads to better outcome
Fibromyalgia’s recognition as a long-term disability will surely increase the awareness and knowledge of the condition not only among the medical professionals, yet, the non-medical people will also know about the features of the fibromyalgia.

After diagnoses of fibromyalgia, the patient will get a pathway, through which one can get the complete information regarding medicines, exercise, and other alternative therapies.

Lifestyle changes could play a vital role in improving the condition of fibromyalgia. The management of fibromyalgia is a multi-disciplinary approach, in which every intervention has its own importance.

If you would neglect any one of them, the symptoms can be aggravated. So, treating fibromyalgia is all about how efficiently the medical professionals picking up and treating the disease and how strictly the patient following the prescribed technique.

Fibromyalgia is recognised as a condition by NHS Choices in England and Scotland, meaning treatments should be available to patients.

However, in practice the availability of services is patchy as not all health trusts have the resources to target the condition specifically.

While there is no specific figure for Northern Ireland, it is thought around one in 25 may be coping with symptoms – a majority of them undiagnosed.

Louise Skelly, director of operations at the Patient and Client Council, said: “What we are surprised about is how many patients have come forward, wanting to share their stories.

“They felt very isolated and very alone and what we also discovered is that the clinicians also have found this a difficult area to work in so they have welcomed the sharing of knowledge and information.”


Fibromyalgia is to be recognised by health professionals in Northern Ireland as a long-term condition. People who suffer from it complain of aches all over the body, as well as profound fatigue. Other symptoms include headaches, sleep deprivation and difficulty concentrating. Despite the severity of symptoms, people living with the condition in NI have said their voices have gone unheard and their symptoms ignored

As a result of a three-year effort by the Patient and Client Council in Northern Ireland, dedicated services will now be established across Ireland’s health trusts to treat fibromyalgia patients as a long-term condition, according to a report from the BBC’s Northern Ireland bureau this week. Patients will now be able to get services from medical professionals, including medical care and information about alternative therapies.

The news article sounds exactly like what we hear in America. Patients suffering from pain, muscle and joint aches, sleep disorders and headaches are not always treated kindly by physicians or insurance companies. The problem is well known to fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers. These illnesses cannot be documented by blood tests or radiology studies.

The profound fatigue and chronic pain that are the hallmarks of fibromyalgia and CFS makes it very difficult for patients to concentrate and perform the usual tasks of day-to-day living, and that includes their ability to perform the tasks of their occupations.

CFS and fibromyalgia are generally recognized as chronic illnesses by most doctors in our country, but challenges to people with these conditions remain. A fibromyalgia or CFS diagnosis still sends up a red flag for disability insurance companies.  Claims are aggressively challenged and often denied.

Frankel & Newfield represents many fibromyalgia patients and has a great deal of experience in battling disability insurance companies in this area.  Partner Jason Newfield served a four year term on the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee, a federal committee that advises the United States Department of Health and Human Services regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. His clients benefit from his experience and knowledge in this area.

The courts have confirmed that fibromyalgia is ground for declaring a permanent disability

The Social Chamber of the TSJ of Catalonia has considered in a recent judgment, S 1403/2015, of 24 February (Rec. Suplicación 6239/2014), fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is grounds for declaring the “permanent disability”.

The statement refers to a case of a woman, operaria chemical industry, which suffered a picture of recurrent major depression without psychotic symptoms serious nature, neck pain and degenerative process without root involvement, fibromyalgia and CFS.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court of Catalonia emphasizes the settled jurisprudence on setting the LGSS ago on disability, which states that “the assessment of permanent disability must be done in response primarily derived functional limitations of the sufferings of employee”.

For the Chamber, the disability must be understood as the loss of capacity for serious anatomical or functional reductions that reduce or nullify the labor capacity, and without that would inhibit the rating the possibility of recovery of working capacity when it is present as uncertain or very long term.

That is, not only must not only be recognized when it lacks any physical possibility for any professional work, but also when even keeping skills to perform some activity, do not have to do it with minimal effectiveness, as the realization of any job, even however simple, requires a schedule requirements, movement and interaction, as well as diligence and attention.

In case, the patient’s ailments make up a picture that “prevents the proper performance of all kinds of work, including sedentary tasks and lightweight nature that do not require the performance of especially intense physical efforts.”

“At the present time is affected by a major disorder of a serious nature that occurs with sufficient intensity to cancel its labor capacity, to which the other degenerative ailments are added,” the ruling.

The applicant has recurrent major depression without psychotic symptoms serious nature, neck pain and degenerative process without root involvement, fibromyalgia and CFS.

Therefore, the TSJC dismisses the appeal for reversal filed by the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) against the judgment already rendered the Labour Court 1 Girona in 2013.

IPA situation of a social educator with fibromyalgia and CFS

The Social Chamber of the Supreme Court of Catalonia, in judgment No 1403/2015, of 24 February (Rec. 6239/2014), also said the situation IPA for all work of a social educator with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome , confirming the judgment of the Labour Court and dismissing the action brought by the National Institute of Social Security.

The worker paid services which educadora- suffered a syndrome very advanced fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, grade III, coupled with chronic depressive disorder, mild cognitive impairment and antevenido carpal tunnel syndrome, among other diseases.

Consider the Chamber and only by the severity of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, the degree suffered, it must be recognized that even with skills to do some activity, lacks real authority to consummate work with some effectiveness.

It is pathologies by intense pain they cause, seriously undermine the productive capacity, in terms of performance, capacity and efficiency, and without that they can perform light work simply no more to rebut the disabling situation into consideration appreciated instance permanent and absolute.

On setting the LGSS ago on the absolute permanent disability is large jurisprudence that has been responsible for pointing outthat such a degree of disability should not only be recognized when it lacks any physical possibility for any professional work, but also when while maintaining skills to perform some activity, do not have to do so with minimal effectiveness, since the performance of any work, even however simple, requires a schedule requirements, movement and interaction, as well as diligence and attention.

The disability must be understood as the loss of capacity for serious anatomical or functional reductions that reduce or nullify the work capacity , and without that would inhibit the rating the possibility of recovery of working capacity when it is present as uncertain or very long term .

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