Hid­den pain more vis­i­ble

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

at ge­netic dif­fer­ences and brain path­way al­ter­ations thought to play a role in the ill­ness sug­gest “rewiring” in the pain re­sponse path­ways pro­duces ab­nor­mal re­sponses to stim­uli. WHILE chronic, things like cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy (CBT) to help de­velop cop­ing strate­gies, be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive and drug ther­a­pies to help ad­dress spe­cific symp­toms, can all help man­age fi­bromyal­gia.

Leeann and Adri­enne have both had their homes adapted with ‘grab rails,’ to help with things like us­ing the bath­room and stairs, and they use mo­bil­ity aids - though on re­ally bad days, they won’t be able to get out and about at all.

To date their pe­ti­tion has racked up 31,000 sig­na­tures.

“It’s time we made this ‘in­vis­i­ble’ ill­ness seen,” says Leeann. “Be­cause for those of us who live with these con­di­tions, it’s our daily life, it never goes away.”

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