Fibromyalgia awareness day planned for May 12

National Fibromyalgia Day is May 12.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, painful illness characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness and soft-tissue tenderness. Extreme fatigue, poor sleep, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety, weight gain, restless leg syndrome and migraines are some of the conditions frequently seen with fibromyalgia. There is no cure for the illness.

Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia, which is sometimes referred to as “The Invisible Disability,” are often frustrated by the lack of support and understanding from family, friends and coworkers.

For more information, log on to the Fibromyalgia Network at www.fmnetnews.com or the National Fibromyalgia Association at www.fmaware.org. For support, e-mail Fibrohelp@hotmail.com.