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Taiwan Group Calls For Public Awareness Of Fibromyalgia

Friday 27 July 2018

 

From Taiwanese newspaper the Taipei Times:

 

Kawlo Iyun Pacidal
Kawlo Iyun Pacidal
 

Group calls for public awareness of fibromyalgia

By Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Copyright © 1999-2018 The Taipei Times. All rights reserved.

The Taiwan Fibromyalgia Association (TFA) and New Power Party Legislator Kawlo Iyun Pacidal yesterday called for better public awareness of fibromyalgia, as it is difficult to diagnose and symptoms are not obvious to the naked eye.

Fibromyalgia is also known as “the invisible disease,” because the pain experienced by those who have it is not obvious to others, association executive director Zoe Wei (魏嘉伶) said.

“Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pain, often accompanied by sleep disorder, memory loss, mood swings and other complications,” she said.

Globally, there are an estimated 16 million to 40 million people who have fibromyalgia, she added.

There are also many fibromyalgia patients in Taiwan, but the disease is often left undiagnosed, Wei said, citing as an example a family member who had sought treatment in six different medical departments, including mental health, before finding a doctor who diagnosed the condition as fibromyalgia.

 

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