National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day - May 12
Fri, May 12, 2023

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

You have our deepest sympathy if you have to face this physiological problem, but you cannot keep silent about it — on May 12, National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is celebrated, emphasizing the importance of having information about the causes, development, and consequences of this disease. Knowledge helps people cope with the difficulties, improve their health, and learn how to manage the spasms.

The History

This holiday originated in 1992 at the suggestion of the Sister of Mercy, Florence Nightingale, famous for her work with injured soldiers. In 1998, by the efforts of the National Fibromyalgia Association, this holiday received official status. Fibromyalgia causes disruption of the musculoskeletal system, constrains movement, and makes the patient experience severe joint pain on a permanent basis. This seriously unpleasant condition requires medical intervention in the form of conservative treatment and therapy. Frequent symptoms include: headache, insomnia, and numbness. The disease also affects one’s emotional state: irritability, aggression, anxiety appear, and depression often occurs.

Interesting Facts

There is no drug that instantly eliminates fibromyalgia. Often, people ignore the pain, considering it insignificant. This should be avoided; consult a specialist.

  1. Fibromyalgia impacts people of different genders, ages, and physical conditions. Symptoms appear in varying degrees of intensity. Some suffer for hours periodically, others for days or months.
  2. Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease, but it has many similarities.
  3. Treatment is symptomatic, aimed at reducing, eliminating, and minimizing discomfort.
  4. Multiple pathological studies are conducted to develop a complete cure.
  5. Purple ribbons are worn as a symbol of support.
  6. Volunteer movements are organized to help the sick. Emotional and psychological support is vital: patients face mental disorders, and need a delicate attitude, loyalty, and attention.

This remarkable holiday is designed to attract the attention of people faced with the symptoms. A timely visit to your doctor will prevent a lot of suffering. Be attentive to your health and visit your doctor to avoid the symptoms of this chronic illness getting out of hand.

When is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is observed on May 12 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday May 12 2023
Sunday May 12 2024
Monday May 12 2025

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