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Living With Fibromyalgia - The Condition That Makes You 'Feel Like A Fraud'

Thursday 11 June 2020


From UK news outlet Cornwall Live:


Claire Jones
Claire Jones was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2012.
(Image: Sunshine and Showers)

Living with fibromyalgia - the condition that makes you 'feel like a fraud'

The condition causes unexplained pain and makes some aspects of life very difficult

By Lisa Letcher Community Reporter
7 June 2020
© 2020 Local World.

A Cornwall woman has shared her experiences of living with a chronic and often misunderstood condition that causes agonising pain.

Claire Jones has fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which causes a range of symptoms including increased sensitivity to pain, extreme tiredness and muscle stiffness.

The sometimes misunderstood illness is often triggered by a physically or emotionally stressful event - for Claire, who lives in Truro, this was domestic abuse.

The 48-year-old has spoken to Cornwall Live to raise awareness around the 'invisible' illness saying she feels "like a fraud" a lot of the time because she "looks normal".

While she tries to keep positive about her illness, Claire is extremely open about the ways it has impacted her life, having been unable to work full-time since giving up her job in 2010 when her symptoms started.

She was officially diagnosed in 2012 and had another diagnosis following a serious car accident in 2016 because she felt people didn't believe her.


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