2017 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day


WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is a chronic-pain disorder that causes widespread body pain, and affects about four million people in the United States; and

WHEREAS, in addition to chronic pain, fibromyalgia’s symptoms include moderate to severe fatigue, sleep disorders, stiffness and weakness, headaches and migraines, numbness and tingling, impairment of memory and concentration; and

WHEREAS, patients with fibromyalgia often have a number of co-existing conditions, which may include chronic myofascial pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), environmental sensitivities, and anxiety and depression; and

WHEREAS, it can take up to five years to receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia; and

WHEREAS, relatives of fibromyalgia patients are eight times more likely to also experience the disorder; and

WHEREAS, increased awareness and expanded knowledge of the realities of  living with fibromyalgia and its impact on patients’ function and quality of life will allow our Commonwealth to better support citizens struggling with the challenges of this complex chronic-pain disorder and common comorbid or co-existing conditions; and

WHEREAS, people with fibromyalgia have a right to be treated with dignity and have a right to pain relief; and 

WHEREAS, the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, members of its Leaders Against Pain Action Network, and other groups around our country have joined together to advocate for fibromyalgia awareness, support, and a better future through research, diagnosis, education, and treatment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 12, 2017, as FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.