Yesterday, the International Day of Fibromyalgia was celebrated. May 12th was designated many years ago as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND). The CIND illnesses include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).
Fibromyalgia, which was recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1992, is a clinical syndrome of unknown origin characterized by the presence of generalized chronic pain of the locomotor system, which leads to a significant reduction in the quality of life of the people affected.
The onset of symptoms usually begins in the young population, between 20 and 40 years old and can come along with other symptoms such as intense fatigue, sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression, morning stiffness or headaches.
This disease has no psychological origin, as many people think, but it is a biological disease that has specific immunological patterns, as demonstrated in a study published in the journal Science Advances.
It is also relevant to mention the fact that women suffer more fibromyalgia than men, representing up to 85% of those affected.