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WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?

Finding a Fibromyalgia Solicitor in England and Wales to Represent You

What Is Fibromyalgia?

 

Approximately one in 20 people live with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. What is Fibromyalgia? It is a life-altering disorder characterised by long-term musculoskeletal pain and various other symptoms, like insomnia, fibro-fog, and intense fatigue. Fibromyalgia is known to often occur as a result of a physically or emotionally traumatic event, like an accident. FT Chronic Pain Solicitors, can help you recover losses related to Fibromyalgia which has developed as a result of such an event. If you have developed Fibromyalgia or any other chronic pain disorder due to the negligence, recklessness, or malice of someone else, a Fibromyalgia lawyer may be able to assist you by claiming compensation on your behalf!

Understanding the Causes of Fibromyalgia

 

As a patient, Fibromyalgia can often feel like a mysterious disorder because it manifests differently in each person. Fibromyalgia tends to have a genetic component. While not everyone within a family will develop Fibromyalgia, hereditary features can make one more susceptible to developing the condition. Often susceptibility or predisposition to develop fibromyalgia is argued by insurers/ compensators who will try to reduce the value of compensation claims. Insurers will typically argue the diagnosis and will allege a psychological cause of symptoms. Often insurers will attempt to limit their liability by saying that in the event the Claimant is found to have the condition, that they had pre-existing vulnerability and that predisposition meant that in the absence of the alleged trigger they would have gone on to develop fibromyalgia in any event. The alternative argument is that of malingering, i.e. bringing a claim for financial gain/ fraud. It is for this reason that surveillance is a common feature of fibromyalgia claims. Such complex arguments can affect compensation awarded. It therefore is essential to have a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to respond on your behalf.

The Complex Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

 

While the predominant symptom of Fibromyalgia is chronic, widespread pain, several symptoms come along with it. Identifying these symptoms is a good way to know that you should see a doctor for a Fibromyalgia diagnosis. Some of the common symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:

  • Sensitivity: Those with Fibromyalgia often report an intense sensitivity to even the slightest touch. Even a gentle hug can be painful during these flare-ups.

  • Fatigue: A person with Fibromyalgia will often feel completely depleted of energy for long periods of time.

  • Muscle Stiffness: Fibromyalgia can cause muscles all over one’s body to feel tight, rigid, and impossible to relax fully. Often muscles are described as feeling knotted.

  • Fibro-Fog: This is a term used for the mental haze experienced by most people with Fibromyalgia. This limits one’s memory, concentration, and cognitive processing.

  • Skin, Hair, and Nails: Fibromyalgia often alters the body’s ability to maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails. Fingernails and toenails may become brittle, hair may grow in unusual places, and skin may turn blotchy or discoloured.

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

 

 

While we are luckily beyond the day when Fibromyalgia was a “controversial disorder,” diagnosing it is still no straightforward matter and in litigation is still controversial, because fibromyalgia attracts high compensation awards if if can be proven to be caused by the alleged negligence. GP’s will look to eliminate a series of other disorders with similar symptoms before making the diagnosis such as lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS) or rheumatoid arthritis. These can be identified by giving blood and urine samples an also with X-rays and other scans. Doctors continue to the 18 point trigger point test to make the diagnosis. A patient must have pain in 3 to 6 areas of the body to make the diagnosis. Some doctors have moved away from this type of exam in preference of a more simple test and diagnosis of chronic pain which is when someone has widespread pain for three months or longer, this may be described as Fibromyalgia, although probably falls short of the full diagnosis.  Fibromyalgia can co-exist with psychological illness, such as depression and anxiety.

 

What Fibromyalgia Treatment Is Available?

 

Since Fibromyalgia causes every individual to develop their own unique combination of symptoms, each patient needs their own unique course of treatment. There is currently no cure for Fibromyalgia. All forms of treatment focus on managing symptoms and increasing the patient’s lifestyle and tend not to offer false hope. A “cure” is seen as learning to live alongside the condition. People are best treated in a pain clinic as part of a pain management programme where treatment is multi-disciplinary and incudes treatments such as:

  • Pain Medication

  • Physical therapy

  • Counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Lifestyle Changes

  • Occupational Therapy

The Importance of Having a Fibromyalgia Lawyer

 

The Fibromyalgia solicitors at FT Chronic Pain Solicitors in England and Wales are here to help you successfully recover compensation for a personal injury arising out of an accident or injury caused by the negligence of a third party. If you think you have developed Fibromyalgia due to someone else’s actions, you may have a right to recover damages. Our Fibromyalgia lawyers specialise in cases related to chronic pain. We understand the medical evidence and the necessary standards of proof because of our area of speciality. So, we are uniquely qualified to help you receive compensation for your Fibromyalgia-related damages.  It may be you have been told you have whiplash disorder, however if your symptoms haven’t resolved after many months and your current solicitor is encouraging you to settle your claim, talk to FT Chronic Pain Solicitors first, it may change your life.

If you have already instructed a solicitor you can move your personal injury claim to FT Chronic Pain Solicitors who can take over conduct of your claim.  This is very common where the solicitor already acting for you does not know what fibromyalgia is and so cannot advise you as to appropriate experts to instruct on your behalf.

Fibromyalgia Solicitors that Understand Chronic Pain

 

Fibromyalgia and CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) are often confused with one another. The two have many similarities, like chronic pain and nervous system dysfunction. However, they are two distinctly different disorders. Our firm can help patients with both CRPS and Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, neuropathic pain (injuries to a specific set of nerves) and people with somatoform symptom disorder (SSD) such patients often described as having pain that’s “in their head”.

Schedule an Appointment with a Fibromyalgia Solicitor Today!

 

We understand that managing your own Fibromyalgia can feel like a full-time job. Many people put off pursuing their legal options as they feel like they have enough to handle already. We make it straightforward. When you meet with one of our Fibromyalgia lawyers, you’ll see that receiving the compensation you deserve doesn’t have to be a hassle. Call us today to schedule your consultation!