From the 7 th to 13 th May it’s Fibromyalgia awareness week. The events of the
week were presented at a press conference by Councillor Carmen Morate
with Maite Miralles and Juncal Macho who are president and secretary of
ASIMEPP (Asociación de Salud Integral, Mejoras Psícofísicas and
Psicosociales in Torrevieja). This is the third time that such an event has been
organised.
Fibromyalgia day is on 12 th May and awareness raising is being supported by
the town hall in Torrevieja. ‘It’s to give voice during these kinds of events to
the people who suffer from chronic illnesses and pain like fibromyalgia,’
announced Councillor Morate.
Everyone is invited to take part in the organised activitieswhich include an
open day, yoga workshops and Taichi at the Hombre del Mar on the 12 th May
at 11am. A manifesto will also be read and there will be three conferences by
University professors looking at various aspects of the disease. On Friday 11 th
May there will be a talk in the indoor market about how to improve your eating
habits to tackle the condition.
At 8.30 pm on 11 th May an award will be presented to an individual for their
collaboration and support in addressing the issues surrounding the condition.
The week’s awareness raising will conclude on May 13 th with Tibetan sound
therapy in the Centro de la Tercera Edad in Calle San Pascual at 11am.
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.
People suffering from the disease may also find that they are extremely tired,
have muscle stiffness and experience difficulty sleeping. They may also have
problems with memory and concentration and frequently suffer from
headaches and IBS.
Although treatment is available for some of these symptoms they are unlikely
to disappear completely. The exact causes of the syndrome are unknown but
it is thought to be linked to abnormal levels of some chemicals in the brain. It
is believed that some people are more likely to develop it due to the genes
inherited from their parents. The condition can also be triggered by a stressful
event.
Fibromyalgia affects more women than men and typically develops between
the ages of 30 and 50 although it can occur in people of any age including
children and the elderly. Estimates suggest that between one to 20 people
may be affected to some extent. It is a difficult condition to diagnose as there
are no specific tests for the condition and the symptoms mimic other
conditions too.