Fibromyalgia is a complex and little understood condition, the cause of which is a matter of some debate amongst doctors.
It is only in the last 25 years that it has become accepted as a medically recognised condition.
There are a range of symptoms which affect suffers of Fibromyalgia. The symptoms affect different people in different ways and to different extents. The condition Fibromyalgia describes people who are suffering a condition which causes pain all over the body. In addition to that widespread pain, other symptoms can manifest themselves, including but not limited to:-
- Muscular stiffness
- Poor or little sleep
- Severe tiredness (linked to lack of sleep as above)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Suffers find the chronic pain to be debilitating and difficult to cope with. It has both a physical and mental effect upon them.
Fibromyalgia can often be very difficult for suffers to cope with mentally as there can be no root cause capable of medical diagnosis. The best that Doctors can offer is to manage the condition and minimise its effects.
The nature of the condition is also that the extent of the symptoms “wax and wane”, meaning that suffered are fine one day, but barely able to function the next day. Clearly, this makes it difficult for suffers to cope with full time employment or even just the simple day-to-day activities such as shopping and family life.
The Effect It Has On Your Life
Suffers from Fibromyalgia often have pain every day, albeit that the severity gets worse from one day to the next. The pain affects different areas of the body and is also heightened by tiredness – making Fibromyalgia often a vicious circle as the illness itself causes lack of sleep.
It is thought that as many as 1 in 10 adults throughout the UK now suffer with some form off Fibromyalgia. Some people are just unlucky and develop this illness without knowing why, however there are people that develop this as a result of an accident or trauma. If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and have developed chronic pain then you might be entitled to compensation – especially if this has resulted in Fibromyalgia.
The extent to which there is a causal link between trauma and the development of Fibromyalgia is the subject of great debate amongst clinicians. It is therefore vital if you are suffering from Fibromyalgia that you have a fully qualified solicitor who specialises in Fibromyalgia claims to act on your behalf, to ensure the right experts are instructed and that you have access to any appropriate highly specialised treatment.
At Farleys we have a specialised team headed by Partner, Nick Moyneux, who have over 15 years experience of dealing in Fibromyalgia claims. We have the expertise and access to the appropriate Consultants and Treatment Centres across the North of England, such as the Pain Centres at The Walton Centre and Salford Royal Hospital, where a multidisciplinary approach is offered to sufferers of Fibromyalgia. These treatments are offered on a privately paying basis, but are prohibitively expensive. However, if your Fibromyalgia has been brought on as a result of a road traffic accident, or other accident, then you are entitled to the cost of such treatment on a private basis if it will assist in the management of your condition. Again, it is vital that you instruct a specialist team of solicitors to act on your behalf in these types of fibromyalgia claims, such as the one here at Farleys.
If you have been affected by Fibromyalgia as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault and want to discuss making a Fibromyalgia claim then call us now on 0845 050 1958 or email us to contact our expert Fibromyalgia claims team.