Is Fibromyalgia a Disability?
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Fibromyalgia is now considered a disability in the UK. It is a real condition and not just something that is “all in the mind.”Luckily, the days of patients being told by GPs that fibromyalgia is a made-up condition, are now long gone.Doctors now accept many chronic fatigue conditions and chronic pain conditions, with a lot more knowledge generally around diagnosing and treating them.A person is considered to be disabled in the UK if they have a substantial and long-term negative physical or mental impairment.Essentially this means anything that causes serious difficulties carrying out normal daily activities, takes much longer than it usually would.The DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) sees fibromyalgia as a significantly disabling condition. Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Chronic pain takes a significant toll on daily life, but some may experience flare-ups less regularly than others who are in constant pain. Symptoms can include:Pain all around the body in different forms, such as stabbing, shooting, throbbing, etc.Lots of fatigue and tirednessHighly increased pain sensitivityDifficulty concentrating and remembering things – also known as ‘brain fog’Insomnia, being unable to get to a deep sleepStiffness in muscles and jointsTrouble with balance – vertigo, dizzinessIntolerance of certain foodsSensitivity to changes in the atmosphere like heat/coldMental health issues such as anxiety and depressionProblems with digestion, or conditions like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)Migraines or headaches Is Fibromyalgia a disability UK: Medical cannabis treatment Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia itself. Instead, treatment focuses on improving symptoms like the ones above, either with pain relief or helping with sleep, digestion, etc.All patients require a tailored plan, but when first-line therapies appear to fail, another option is medical cannabis.In 2017, the National Academies Press (NAP) published a comprehensive review of the health effects of cannabis, including therapeutic effects. According to the review, substantial evidence suggests cannabis is effective in…
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