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Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness with symptoms like those of Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lymes Disease and Parkinsons, Fibromyalgia causes chronic, wide spread pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disturbance, migraines, for some people cognitive disturbances, twitching and spasms, dizziness, irritable bowel, mobility problems, sensitivity to weather, heat, cold, noise, smell and touch as well as numbness, pins and needles, neuropathy, restless leg syndrome, joint and back pain, occasional difficulty with speech and can lead some sufferers to become wheelchair bound.
Fibromyalgia is so like other diseases, it can take time to rule out other conditions and reach a conclusive diagnosis. This can be a stressful and exhausting process for those awaiting diagnosis.
After a number of years of tests and re-tests, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2015. The help, support and information offered by Fibromyalgia Action UK, over that time, has been of tremendous help and reassurance.
As my illness progressed, it became clear that Fibromyalgia was a mis-diagnosis and in June 2017, I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinsons Disease. Nonetheless, raising money for Fibromyalgia Action UK has enabled me to pay something back to the kind Volunteers and services of FMA UK, who supported me while I faced my earlier Fibromyalgia diagnosis.
I would like to thank everyone who helped me to achieve my target of £500, which will be used to help Fibromyalgia Action UK to continue its good work in training Volunteers and developing services and materials to support sufferers, and their loved ones, so that more people can become aware, educated and supported and so that provision can be made to deliver services and treatment for those living with this truly debilitating illness.
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Dean's Supporting Fibromyalgia Action UK
I raised funds. for Fibromyalgia Action because this pays for Volunteers and support services.
We Provide information and support research to Improve treatment options for FM.
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