Hidden pain more visible
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.”